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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...

Ohorongo opens Ondangwa depot

21 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Namibian cement producer Ohorongo Cement was host to Clemens Kashuupulwa, governor of the Oshana region, who opened the company’s new cement depot in Ondangwa. The land is owned by TransNamib and the cement company will use the Tsumeb Ondangwa railway for the first time since it was built, according to the Namibia Economist, who hails the project as the first real public private partnership to be given tangible life. The new depot will supply cement to traders in the Ohangwena, Oshana ...

Ohorongo Cement appoints new plant manager

11 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Estelle Alberts, Ohorongo Cement's new plant manager At the age of 30, Estelle Alberts become the youngest plant manager for Ohorongo Cement, Namibia, beginning 1 July 2017. Alberts joined Ohorongo Cement in July 2013 as a Divisional Production Manager: Grinding and Burning, responsible for the clinker and cement production part of the plant. Alberts, who grew up in Grootfontein, becomes the first Namibian in this role. She takes over from Manfred Pirker who has been appointed as ...

Ohorongo Cement breaks ground on new solar plant

06 June 2017, Published under Cement News

Ohorongo Cement has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a 5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant which will provide green and clean electricity to the company’s cement plant in Namibia. The close to NAD100m (US$7.8m) investment is expected to be in operation by the end of 2017, and will be located in close proximity to the Sargberg cement plant in Otavi. SunEQ four Investment, an independent power producer and solar asset development platform, in collaboration with its...

Namibia inaugurates its first RDF processing plant

20 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has inaugurated the country’s first refuse-derived fuel (RDF) processing plant, a joint venture between Namibian company Rent-A-Drum and Ohorongo Cement. The plant was erected after Rent-A-Drum signed an agreement in 2016 with Ohorongo Cement for the supply and delivery of non-recyclable material to use during the cement manufacturing process. About 12,000tpa of non-recyclable material collected by Rent-A-Drum, will be use...