6 March 2013
HeidelbergCement builds greenfield cement grinding facility in Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, HeidelbergCement and local partners are constructing a new US$ 50 million cement grinding plant with an annual capacity of 650,000 tonnes near the capital city of Ouagadougou.
“The construction of the new cement grinding plant is part of our strategy of expanding our clinker and cement capacities in growth markets. These include, in particular, the countries of sub-Saharan Africa”, said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “For many years, we have exported cement to Burkina Faso from our grinding plant in Togo. Our new plant will strengthen our position in the country as well as in the whole region.”
HeidelbergCement’s grinding facilities in Burkina Faso as well as in the neighbouring countries of Togo, Benin, and partly also Ghana will in the future also receive their clinker from the new clinker plant in Togo once it is commissioned in early 2015.
The investment project will stimulate the improvement of local infrastructure and housing, and is expected to create more than 100 jobs at the plant, and even more indirect jobs locally. The project is conducted within the framework of a joint venture between HeidelbergCement and local partners.
Commissioning of the new plant is scheduled late 2014.
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.