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Rwanda Bureau of Standards rejects Hima Cement imports

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) returned cement imports into Rwanda by Uganda's Hima Cement Ltd (LafargeHolcim group) last month after they failed to meet the country's import quality standards. The cement that was transported in three 30t trucks was returned to Uganda, confirmed Uganda's government paper, New Vision. RBS Director General, Raymond Murenzi, clarified that the goods were subjected to routine standards tests which they failed to meet. The cement packages were found to weigh...

Hima Cement to return illegally-acquired land in Tororo

08 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Hima Cement Ltd has agreed to surrender back over 30 acres of land it illegally acquired in Mwello, Tororo, Uganda, according to The Observer. The company’s Managing Director, Nicolas George, said the company will ensure the residents will have their land returned. Earlier this week, Mwello residents petitioned the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led Land Probe Commission, accusing Hima of coercing them through its agents, Optima Mines Consultancy Ltd, into selling their land at a cheap pr...

Investment in Ugandan cement plant at risk due to land acquisition challenges

05 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Uganda is at risk of losing a US$250m cement plant investment to Kenya due to challenges associated with land acquisition in the country, according to Hima Cement’s Managing Director, Nicolas George. Mr George said Hima Cement’s parent company LafargeHolcim took a decision to invest US$250m in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “We have been wondering where to invest money and Uganda was our number one destination but it is likely to lose the opportunity to Kenya where it is eas...

National Cement continues to plot a successful course in east Africa

25 January 2019, Published under Cement News

This week, China's Sinoma Energy Conservation announced that it has a contract with National Cement Co Ltd (Devki Group) to build a new waste-heat power project at its Athi River cement plant. The leading east African cement producer will provide a KES25.5bn (US$251m) investment for Sinoma to provide power for its Athi cement plant as well as a power unit for its raw steel processing factory in Mombasa. 

 "The total installed capacity of the two projects is 53.5MW… The project (over a pe...

Dispute over land allocation for Moroto cement plant

17 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The Moroto District local government in Uganda has offered more than 228.1ha of land for a cement factory to be built. However, local residents dispute the amount of land that the council owns. The decision to allocate the land to Uganda Development Cooperation-UDC and its partners, TSAVO Engineers and Savanna Mines, was reached during the district council meeting held in November 2018. The Ugandan Radio Network (URN) has discovered records to indicate that the district owns only 89.43ha of...

Cement prices fall 25% in Uganda

29 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Uganda have fallen 25 per cent in the last six months, dropping to UGX28,000/50kg bag (US$7.5/50kg bag) from UGX38,000/50kg bag. The drop in prices follows the recent boost in production capacity in the country, with a number of plant expansions and greenfield projects commissioned within the past year. As a result, the country's total cement capacity stands at 7Mta compared to a 2.4Mt demand. However, the country's largest producers, Hima and Tororo, have stated that pr...

Ugandan President opens new Simba grinding plant

29 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Uganda's President, Yower Museveni, has opened the Tororo grinding plant of Simba Cement and during the opening the owners of the factory announced that they would produce the lowest-priced cement in the country. Plant Manager, Guru Narendra Ravel, said the 50kg bags of cement produced at the Tororo plant would be sold at UGX25,000 (US$6.64), well below the average price of UGX32,000 (US$8.50). Simba Cement, part of National Cement Kenya Ltd, is the second of three cement plants that wil...

New Ugandan power supply will feed extra cement capacity

21 August 2018, Published under Cement News

As new cement factories start-up in Tororo, power distributor Umeme is making investments in anticipation of the projected increase in power demand. The existing nearby substations of Tororo Rock, Nagongera and Mbale are currently unable to take on the expected load, hence the need for a new substation. 

 Umeme, therefore, has spent up to UGX14bn (US$3.88m) setting up a new substation at Nyakesi, an investment that is tipped to boost industrialisation in the area through reliable power sup...

Hima Cement taken to High Court over mining in Queen Elizabeth National Park

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Activists under the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has taken Hima cement to the High Court over encroachment into Queen Elizabeth National Park, and engaging in the illegal mining of limestone. In 2008, Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) permitted Hima Cement to mine limestone in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated reserve. However, the environmentalists are challenging the validi...

Hima Cement forecasts prices to fall in Uganda

14 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Nicholas George, Hima Cement Country CEO, has stated that cement prices in Uganda will fall some more as new capacities, such as Hima's 1.7Mta expansion in Tororo, come on-stream. Mr George said the period of rising cement prices was over. Speaking to the Daily Monitor, he said: "The country was faced with rising cement prices for about one month. But it is over. It was an accumulation of different parameters, all arriving at the wrong time. But with the new capacities in the market, the ...