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Hima Cement sets sights on commissioning new plant

World Cement,

Hima Cement revealed that its US$ 108 million cement plant in western Uganda will be commissioned in October. David Njoroge, General Manager, pointed out that construction work at the plant, located in Rwenzori, is nearing completion and should more than double production capacity from 350 000 to 850 000 t.

Njoroge commented, "work at the new plant is near completion and the new kiln is fully up and running, capable of producing clinker. Later in October, we expect full production to commence."

Njoroge continued to point out that the expansion will help meet local demand, as well as serving neighbouring regions: "with Hima Cement increased capacity and also other new investments coming into the sector, Uganda will no longer need to import cement because there will be enough capacity to meet local demand and also supply the emerging markets. We expect that this will save the country in excess of US$ 1 million in foreign exchange annually."

This project will also provide a boost to the local economy by creating employment opportunities for around 100 technical staff.

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