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HeidelbergCement increases cement capacity at Tanzanian plant

World Cement,

HeidelbergCement is investing US$40 million into its Wazo Hill plant, Tanzania, which is located around 25 km from the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. The company is constructing a new 700 000 tpa cement mill, as well as a new clinker and new cement silo. The investment also includes the installation of new cement bag packing and dispatch facilities. Commissioning is due to take place in late 2014. The additional capacity will enhance Heidelberg’s ability to serve the growing market in Dar es Salaam and the rest of the country. Following the expansion, HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary, Tanzania Portland Cement Company, will have a total cement capacity of 2 million tpa.

“The construction of the new cement mill is part of our strategy of expanding our clinker and cement capacities in growth markets. In particular the countries of sub-Saharan Africa feature a very attractive growth potential due to the early stage of industrialization and the raw material deposits”, said Dr Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “The cement plant in Tanzania is our bridgehead in East Africa. We recently modernised one of the older kilns and increased the clinker capacity by 250 000 tpa 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.”

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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