26 February 2013
HeidelbergCement expands cement capacity in Tanzania
In Tanzania, HeidelbergCement is constructing a new cement mill with an annual capacity of 700,000 tonnes at its Wazo Hill plant, some 25 km north-west of the coastal metropolis of Dar es Salaam. The investment of US$ 40 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.
“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 modernized one of the older kilns and increased the clinker capacity by 250,000 tonnes 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.”
By setting up adequate capacity to better serve the growing market in Dar es Salaam as well as Tanzania at large, HeidelbergCement aims at maintaining its competitive edge in this region.
Commissioning of the new mill is scheduled late 2014. Once commissioned, Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC), a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, will have a total cement capacity of 2 million tonnes annually.
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 to the new greenfield plant under construction in Burkina Faso.