A local mining company will supply gypsum, which is mined in the Erongo Region, to the Ohorongo cement plant outside Otavi, and a delivery agreement has been signed already.
Ohorongo Cement and local Elspe Minerals last week signed a supply and co-operation agreement, in terms of which Elspe Minerals, owned by the Kahl family near Omaruru, will supply high quality gypsum to Ohorongo.
“The gypsum prospect, situated in the Namib Naukluft Park, close to Swakopmund, is one of the few known gypsum sources in Namibia, which can reliably and sufficiently supply gypsum to Ohorongo,” the cement company said yesterday.
“Through this agreement, as well as through a recently negotiated contract with Okorusu, to supply iron ore to the cement plant, all of the raw materials Ohorongo requires for the production of cement, are now sourced in Namibia,” said its Managing Director Hans-Wilhelm Schütte in a statement.
“This makes Ohorongo Cement one of the few Namibian companies that complete the entire value chain of their product within the country, from bare limestone rock to quality cement.”
Ohorongo had the option to import gypsum from South Africa.
“Ohorongo found a good partner in Elspe Minerals and we look forward to supporting this Namibian enterprise. The development of the gypsum deposit means additional employment opportunities and income for Namibians,” according to the MD.