The US$108m Hima cement plant in western Uganda will be complete and commissioned in October, according to David Njoroge, general manager of Hima Cement. Construction works on the new Hima Cement Rwenzori plant, which is expected to increase capacity from 350,000t to 850,000t is nearing completion.
When completed, the plant, built at a cost of US$108m, will add new capacity which will go a long way in meeting local demand thus effectively moving Uganda from being a net importer of cement.
"Work at the new plant is near completion and the new kiln is fully up and running, capable of producing clinker, the raw material that produces cement. Later in October, we expect full production to commence," said Njoroge.
He added that apart from meeting local demand, the new plant will also serve the emerging markets of Southern Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DR Congo.