Tanzania cement firm to set up new kiln for production hike

cement sxcThere is a growing demand for cement in East African economies. (Image source: sxc.hu)Tanzanian firm, Tanga Cement Company Ltd (TCC), will construct a second kiln before the end of 2012 to cash in on the growing demand for cement in East Africa

The company said in a statement released to East African Business Week that the second kiln will enable it to produce enough clinker to supply all of its own requirements and dispense with imports.

“The East African market is experiencing rapid economic development as a result of infrastructure improvements and housing needs and this will give the company a significant competitive advantage,” the firm’s statement said.

According to the cement factory, the project will cost an estimated US$165mn and contribute greatly to the economic development of Tanzania and the East Africa region.

The construction of the second kiln was expected to commence in the third quarter of 2012, with commissioning in the first quarter of 2015.

“Once completed, the second kiln will increase the company’s clinker production capacity by 600,000 tons per annum,” the company said.

TCC increased its cement production capacity in 2010 by commissioning a second cement mill, expanding capacity from 750,000 tons to more than 1.2 mn tons per year.

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