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Mbeya Cement signs MoU with Kibo Mining

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Tanzania cement maker, Mbeya Cement Co., has signed a cooperation agreement with coal development company, Kibo Mining. The agreement covers a range of potential areas of collaboration, including the supply of coal and flyash to Mbeya.

Kibo Mining is currently developing a 250 – 350 MW mouth-of-mine coal-fired power plant in Tanzania. Mbeya Cement is a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that highlights a number of areas of potential collaboration. In addition to the supply of coal and flyash to Mbeya Cement, Kibo’s Mbeya power plant will also supply electricity to Mbeya Cement, while the cement maker has agreed to supply cement for the construction of the coal mine and power plant.

The companies will also work together in discussions with regional development partners, including government agencies, NGOs, communiniy stakeholders, and the private sector, to promote “regional socio-economic and related development programmes and projects,” Kibo said in a statement.

The agreement with Mbeya Cement marks the first commercial diversification opportunity for Kibo, as well as the first direct electricity supply agreement outside commitments within the PPA.

“We are very excited with the partnership that we have with Kibo and this gives us mutual benefits in leveraging our key strengths, whilst supporting the government and communities as large,” said Ilse Boshoff, CEO of Lafarge Tanzania.

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