HeidelbergCement expands capacity in Ghana

HeidelbergCement expands capacity in Ghana
Published: 12 March 2013

HeidelbergCement is constructing a new cement mill with an annual capacity of 0.8Mta at its grinding plant in the port city of Takoradi. The investment of US$30m 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.

In November 2012, HeidelbergCement inaugurated a new 1Mta cement mill at its grinding plant in Tema some 25km east of the capital city of Accra.

“The construction of the new cement mill in Ghana is another project in the context of our strategy of expanding our clinker and cement capacities in growth markets. In particular the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have a very high growth potential due to their early stage of industrialisation and rich natural resources,” said Dr Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement.

“We recently increased the mill capacity at our Tema plant. Together, the two cement grinding plants in Ghana constitute our largest capacities in West Africa. With the new mill, we want to expand our capacities in line with the rapidly growing cement consumption and maintain our dominant position in this key market.”

By setting up adequate capacity to better serve the growing market in the important coastal cities as well as throughout Ghana, HeidelbergCement aims at maintaining its competitive edge in West Africa.

Commissioning of the new mill is scheduled for late 2014. Once commissioned, HeidelbergCement’s plants in Ghana will have a total cement capacity of 4.4Mta.

HeidelbergCement is currently conducting investment projects in sub-Saharan Africa amounting to almost US$400m. These projects comprise capacity expansion of about 3Mta for cement and 1.5Mta for clinker.