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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...

Whale Rock Cement ready to start production in April

08 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Whale Rock Cement, a joint venture between Chinese businesses and a Namibian partner, is to start producing cement in April, under the Cheetah Cement brand, according to company spokesperson Manfred Uxamb. Mr Uxamb said the plant will start operating at the end of next month but will only be fully operational by the end of August 2018. The US$350m plant will have a cement capacity of 1.2Mta making it the country's largest cement producer with a staff of 600. According to Mr Uxamb, cement m...

Value chain is being bypassed in Namibia's cement sector

02 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Namibia's cement industry is suffering from oversupply and low protection for the existing domestic producers. Infant Industry Protection (IIP) is afforded to an infant industry for a period of eight years with the rationale being that while protection is afforded to a newly-established industry during the start-up years. However, the IIP granted players have seen new entrants set-up without having to comply with all the provisions, according to the Southern Times.
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Namibia imports 40,000t of Chinese clinker

16 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Some 40,000t of clinker from China was unloaded at Namport, Namibia’s largest port. The clinker will be transported to the new cement plant of Whale Rock/Cheetah Cement, a Chinese-Namibian joint venture, in Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa region. "According to one estimate, about 70 trucks will be used to transport the product during this exercise, over a period of 20 days," said Namport Director, Immanuel Hanabeb.

Cheetah Cement to commence operations in Namibia

09 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cheetah Cement's new facility in Otjiwarongo is starting the rock blasting process as it prepares to begin operations this month. The new plant represents a total investment of US$350m and was constructed by Whale Rock Cement, according to the Namibia Economist. Plans for the project were first announced in 2015 when a memorandum of understanding was signed with between Cheetah Cement and Asia and Africa Business Management (Xi'an) Co Ltd. Construction of the plant began in August last...

Ohorongo considers TDF use

28 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Following the inauguration of its first RDF processing plant earlier this year , Namibia's Ohorongo Cement is now investigating, together with Metallurgical Research and Consulting (METRECO), the use of tyre-derived fuel (TDF) to fire its cement kilns at the Sargberg plant. The step is taken in line with the company’s efforts to replace up to 80 per cent of imported coal with alternative fuels by 2019. “With gas temperatures of up to 2000˚C, the cement manufacturing process guarantee...

Ohorongo Cement awards staff land for houses

05 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Ohorongo Cement staff received deeds of sale for land allocated to them by the Otavi Town Council in Namibia, on Tuesday. The cement producer made N$9m (US$661,619) available which is going towards the purchasing of land, as well as cement contributions for the construction of employee houses. "
This is certainly the biggest highlight in the history of our company. Today, we created the first of many real and lasting legacies for the welfare of our colleagues. What we did today will hopefu...