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Sinoma to build plant in Tanzania

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Chinese engineering company, Sinoma International Engineering, is to build a new cement plant in Tanzania, according to a statement from the country’s prime minister’s office, at a cost of US$1 billion.

No details were given on the estimated capacity of the plant but the statement did say that up to 70% of the cement would be exported.

“The company will also build a wharf [at the Tanga port] to facilitate export of cement from the plant,” the statement said. The plant will be build in Tanga and will target cement markets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Sudan.

Tanzania currently produces around 7 million t of cement with demand running at close to 10% per year.

The country is already home to a number of cement companies, including Nigeria’s Dangote Cement and Kenya’s ARM Group, as well as subsidiaries of HeidelbergCement, Afrisam Mauritius Investment Holdings and LafargeHolcim.

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