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CemenTec offers lowest bid for Habesha Project

World Cement,

Sources in Addis Ababa have said that the Pakistani consulting firm CemenTec has become the most competitive contender in the bid to win a contract from Habesha Cement SC, to supervise the construction of a 1.2 million tpa cement plant near Holetta, in the Oromia regional state in Ethiopia.

Four Chinese and one Indian company are bidding to win the turnkey project for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the plant.

At the same time the Habesha managenement wants to select a consulting company to supervise the work during the construction process. The financial bid was opened on 13 April where CemenTec, a company that is also acting as a consultant to Messebo Cement for its expansion project, offered the lowest bid. It is understood that the highest offer was made by Tata, while Holtech (currently consultants to National Cement and Mugher Cement) and Clair (acting as consultant for Derba Midroc) offered prices that fell between those from Tata and Holtech.

The award will be made in the coming weeks. The successful company will supervise the work of the construction company that the board of Habesha will select from Sinoma International, CDI-Changdu Cement Research Institute, Hefei Cement Research Institute, and Northern Heavy Industries, from China, and Walchandngar Heavy Industries from India. Two of the Chinese companies are undertaking similar projects for Messebo National Cement and Mugher Cement plants.

When completed the plant, which is predicted to take 22 months, will have a production capacity of 1.2 million t, more than half the amount Ethiopia imported during 2008-09 fiscal year. Ethiopia’s cement demand over the next five years is expected to be about 13.8 million t.

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