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HeidelbergCement’s history in Africa started in the mid 1960s. These first operations were run by the company Scancem International and the activities were expanded to several sub-Saharan countries. In 1999 Scancem International became a part of HeidelbergCement. Today, HeidelbergCement is the leading cement company in West Africa.

Cement plants


Grinding plants


 (Data as of 2012)

The markets

The network of companies in Africa comprises 13 production facilities in eight countries. We are an important contributor to the development of these countries. In Burkina Faso, we are building a cement grinding plant.

Benin: Grinding plant in Cotonou
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Integrated cement plants in Lukala and Kabimba, grinding plant in Katana 
Gabon: Integrated cement plant in N’Toum, grinding plants in Owendo (Libreville) and Franceville
Ghana: Grinding plants in Tema and Takoradi
Liberia: Grinding plant in Monrovia
Sierra Leone: Grinding plant in Freetown
Tanzania: Integrated cement plant in Dar es Salaam
Togo: Grinding plant in Lomé

The African countries south of the Sahara are continuing to experience dynamic economic development and lively construction activity. Solid economic growth, population increase, urbanisation, and infrastructural measures are the main drivers for the rise in construction activity and cement demand in these countries.

In the African countries in which HeidelbergCement operates, cement consumption rose by an average of around 10% in 2011. The high level of cement demand meant that our plants reached their capacity limits in almost all markets. In light of the positive growth prospects, HeidelbergCement is expanding its activities in Africa. A new cement mill with a capacity of 0.5 million tonnes is currently under construction in Liberia and is set to be commissioned during the fourth quarter of 2012. We are also expanding our cement production capacity in our main market, Ghana, with the construction of a new cement mill at the Tema grinding facility; the commissioning of the mill with a capacity of 1 million tonnes is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2012. In Togo, we are planning to construct a greenfield clinker plant with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, provided that we receive final authorisation. The construction work is set to commence this year. At the beginning of 2014, a greenfield cement grinding plant with a capacity of 650,000 tonnes is set to commence operation in Burkina Faso, close to the capital of Ouagadougou. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we intend to increase our cement capacity from over 500,000 tonnes to more than 1.4 million tonnes in the coming years. In Tanzania, the modernisation and upgrading of cement kiln 3 should increase the clinker capacity of our Tanzania Portland Cement plant by 250,000 tonnes from the second quarter of 2012. We are also evaluating options for capacity expansions in other African countries.

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