Two new cement grinding plants for South Africa

Two new cement grinding plants for South Africa
Published: 25 October 2013


Two new grinding stations will be established in Southern Africa by the end of 2014, to be set up by new market entrant Osho Ventures, CemNet News has learnt.

Each of the new milling stations will have a capacity of 0.6Mta and work is due to start early next year when groundbreaking is scheduled to start in February 2014. The location for one of the units is within the Coega Industrial Zone 5, 6km east of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This unit will produce 150tph of cement and will have storage for up to 20,000t of cement and a combined 0.1Mta storage capacity for clinker and slag. Plans include a clinker dome and a covered slag feed area as well as a gypsum and extender storage area, packing plant and warehouse. A second grinding station is being established at Richards Bay. The total investment is said to be ZAR850m (US$86.9m).

Osha Cement (Pty) Ltd,  had identified six geographical locations where it could build cement grinding plants. Land for the first two grinding units has been acquired and the company is currently gaining environmental approvals for the projects.

Osha Ventures is also considering a kiln line in southern Africa to supply the grinding plants. The company has limestone mining licenses in Mozambique, Madagascar and South Africa and is looking for further mining rights in African countries.