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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 ...

Ugandan government calls off plans for imports

30 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Uganda's government has back-tracked on initial plans to call in cement imports because local manufacturers have stablised prices. Yesterday, the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Ministry Public Relations Officer, Khadijah Nakakande, said that cement prices had fallen and that government would no longer invite external players to import cement. "The cement prices have gone down and we understand a bag is now at UGX32,000 (US$8.50) around where it was before the crisis. There will be no...

Ugandan cement producers struggle to participate in SGR project

14 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Local cement producers will have to change their products to supply the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project in Uganda. The SGR project is a mega railway transportation network that will be constructed by Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering Company. "The cement we have is not cement meant for the railway, we benchmarked from Kenya and found that Bamburi plant in Mombasa had changed its manufacturing configuration to meet these [SGR] standards," said SGR project coordinator, Kasingy...

New plants boost Uganda cement industry

08 May 2018, Published under Cement News

In the coming month, the Ugandan cement industry is expected to expand with two new plants in Tororo district as Simba Cement and Hima Cement commission their projects. Construction of the works started in February 2017. Simba Cement will bring its 3000tpd works at Tutir, on the Tororo-Mbale highway, online this month, according to Vishnu Patel, Simba Cement’s country manager. “We will offer employment opportunities to over 200 people directly and more than 2000 people indirectly besides ot...