Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC) plans to launch a new grinding mill by August to boost annual production by 90 per cent, or more than 650,000t, the leading cement producer said on Friday.
The firm also plans to increase production capacity to more than 1.4Mta by the second quarter of 2009 after the completion of a new kiln.
Annual production capacity is now between 720,000 and 750,000t.
"The cement mill will be completed in August this year," Klaus Hvassing, TPCC’s managing director, told Reuters by phone.
"When completed fully in Q2 of 2009, with a new kiln in full operation, TPCC will be able to produce more than 1.4Mta," the firm said.
A unit of HeidelbergCement AG of Germany owns 69.3 percent of TPCC, while the Tanzanian public owns 25.6 percent through the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, and TPCC staff own the remainder.