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Namibia cement demand remains weak

02 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Competition between cement producers has brought down prices as domestic demand remains fairly low when compared with increasing supply, according to First Capital. In March 2019 domestic production capacity has more than doubled to 2.2Mta, when compared with 1Mta in March 2018 as Whale Rock entered the market. However, local demand remains at 0.6Mta. This has led to a fall in prices with First Capital highlighting a drop of 10.4 and 10.1 per cent for semi- and high-strength cement, respe...

Schwenk Zement to exit Namibia

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

This week, ICR learned that the Namibian cement market was in the process of change with Schwenk Zement's 0.7Mta Ohorongo plant now expected to come under control of International Cement Group (ICG), a Singapore-based company owned by Compact Metal Industrial Plc. ICG aims to acquire 69.83 per cent in Ohorongo Cement, subject to approval by the competition authorities. The remaining 30.17 per cent of shares are held by the Development Bank of Namibia and other South African shareholders. ...

Schwenk Zement to exit Namibia

15 March 2019, Published under Cement News

This week, ICR learned that the Namibian cement market was in the process of change with Schwenk Zement's 0.7Mta Ohorongo plant now expected to come under control of International Cement Group (ICG), a Singapore-based company owned by Compact Metal Industrial Plc. ICG aims to acquire 69.83 per cent in Ohorongo Cement, subject to approval by the competition authorities. The remaining 30.17 per cent of shares are held by the Development Bank of Namibia and other South African shareholders. ...

Whale Rock Cement starts sourcing local clinker

14 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Namibia's Whale Rock Cement, producer of the Cheetah Cement brand, has started to source clinker locally after initially sourcing it from Egypt, according to Zedekias Gowaseb, company chairman. "The clinker we import was from Egypt, that is no secret," said Mr Gowaseb. "From December 2018 we have already started to produce clinker from the Whale Rock mine," he added. Currently, the company’s cement products do not use the seal of approval from either the Namibia Standards Institute or ...

Ohorongo to increase rail use

20 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Namibia’s Ohorongo Cement is working together with TransNamib, the country’s railway company, to take more than 5000 truck loads of product off the road. The cement producers will move more freight onto rail, reducing the use of road transport between the Sargberg plant and the northern regions, according to the Namibia Economist. “This specific route is one of the busiest roads countrywide and this reduction of volumes on the route is thus contributing a safer journey for passenger ve...

Ohorongo Cement plans for alternative fuel boost in festive period

19 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Ohorongo Cement and Rent-A-Drum have made a seasonal pledge to set up waste disposal sites in Thomas, Erongo and Oshana regions of Namibia to reduce the amount of festive waste going to landfill. The cement company wants to process the gift wrapping paper and packaging from the festive period to supplement its alternative fuels. “Since the beginning of the year, Ohorongo disposed of over 70 truckloads of non-recyclable material as alternative fuels along with wood chips and charcoal fines i...

Ohorongo Cement opens 5MW solar plant

10 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Namibia’s Ohorongo Cement officially inaugurated its 5MW solar photovoltaic plant this week at the company’s head offices near Otavi, Otjozondjuba region, Namibia. Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo delivered the keynote address. The Minister said solar power has grown exponentially in Namibia since the inception of the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff programme in 2014 that its contribution to the grid has resulted in further studies by NamPower and the Electricity Control Board (E...

Namibia’s Whale Rock cement plant commissioning in October

30 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Namibia’s Whale Rock cement plant, built with Chinese investment, is expected to fully commission at the end of October, according to company spokesman Manfred Uxamb. The plant represents an investment of US$350m and is expected to produce 1.2Mta of Cheetah-branded cement. Production at the plant started in April . "Whale Rock Cement has already started with cement production in April and has entered the market in May 2018," Mr Uxamb said. "Our plant is built for a global market fr...

Ohorongo signs local packaging deal

11 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Namibia’s Ohorongo Cement has awarded the contract for the supply of 1.2m bags by the end of August to Kaptau Packaging. Kaptau Packaging is reported to be the first Namibian company to produce cement bags. Previously, Ohorongo Cement imported its bags from neighbouring South Africa. The packaging company currently produces the bags in Oshakati, where it employs 25 permanent staff.

Ohorongo Cement to open solar power plant

04 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Ohorongo Cement is to be serviced by a solar power plant that is being constructed by Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH is co-developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. Solar development company SunEQ GmbH, Hamburg, Germany reports that it has the finance in place for the project that will see a 5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant built in the Otjozondjupa region in Namibia for the cement company.   The solar farm, whose capacity in direct current (DC) stand...