11 March 2013
HeidelbergCement further expands its cement capacity in Ghana
In Ghana, HeidelbergCement is constructing a new cement mill with an annual capacity of 0.8 million tonnes at its grinding plant in the port city of Takoradi. The investment of US$ 30 million also includes the construction of a new clinker and a new cement silo as well as the installation of new cement bag packing and dispatch facilities. In November 2012, HeidelbergCement inaugurated a new 1 million tonnes cement mill at its grinding plant in Tema some 25 km east of the capital city of Accra.
“The construction of the new cement mill in Ghana is another project in the context of our strategy of expanding our clinker and cement capacities in growth markets. In particular the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have a very high growth potential due to their early stage of industrialisation and rich natural resources”, said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “We recently increased the mill capacity at our Tema plant. Together, the two cement grinding plants in Ghana constitute our largest capacities in West Africa. With the new mill, we want to expand our capacities in line with the rapidly growing cement consumption and maintain our dominant position in this key market.”
By setting up adequate capacity to better serve the growing market in the important coastal cities as well as throughout Ghana, HeidelbergCement aims at maintaining its competitive edge in West Africa.
Commissioning of the new mill is scheduled for late 2014. Once commissioned, HeidelbergCement’s plants in Ghana will have a total cement capacity of 4.4 million tonnes annually.
HeidelbergCement is currently conducting investment projects in sub-Saharan Africa amounting to almost US$ 400 million. These projects comprise capacity expansion of about 3 million tonnes for cement and 1.5 million tonnes for clinker.
HeidelbergCement is one of the largest building materials manufacturers worldwide, as the global market leader in aggregates and with leading positions in cement, concrete, and other downstream activities. The Group employs around 52,000 people at 2,500 locations in more than 40 countries.
HeidelbergCement is already operating 13 plants in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, DR of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Togo. In addition, HeidelbergCement is constructing a new greenfield plant in Burkina Faso.