HeidelbergCement expand cement capacity in Tanzania
Construction work starts on new €30 million cement mill at Wazo Hill plant
HEIDELBERGCement are developing a new cement mill with an annual capacity of around 700,000 tonnes at their Wazo Hill plant, some 25km north-west of the coastal metropolis of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. The US$40 million (€30 million) investment includes the construction of a new clinker and cement silo, as well as the installation of new cement bag packing and dispatch facilities.
‘The construction of the new cement mill is part of our strategy to expand our clinker and cement capacities in growth markets,’ said Dr Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. ‘The cement plant in Tanzania is our bridgehead in East Africa. We recently modernized one of the old kilns and increased the clinker capacity by 250,000 tonnes annually. We are now constructing a new mill in order to secure our leading position in the country and maintain a good balance between our clinker and cement capacities.’
By setting up adequate capacity to better serve the growing market in Dar es Salaam, as well as the wider market across Tanzania, HeidelbergCement aim to maintain their competitive edge in the region.
The cement mill – which is scheduled for completion in late 2014 – will give Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC), a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, a total annual cement capacity of 2 million tonnes.