Tanga. Tanga Cement Company yesterday officially started the expansion of its production facilities. The project will cost $165 million.
Under the project, a second clinker manufacturing line will be constructed, with an installed capacity of 775,000 tonnes a year.
This will be the second expansion project that the company is carrying out since its commissioning in 1980. The other expansion was done in 2009-2010, when it installed and commissioned its Cement Mill number 2.
Board chairman Lau Masha said: “With the second kiln, we will be able to cover the deficit gap for our clinker requirements. We have been importing clinker, which, as you all know, is subject to foreign currency volatility, price changes as well as piracy.” With this development the company’s annual clinker manufacturing capacity will more than double to 1,275,000 tonnes. The 155 per cent increase in clinker production capacity will significantly reduce the cost and risks associated with importing clinker.
The company has increased the current capacities of Tanzania cement plants to 3.5 million tonnes which surpasses the current domestic demand of 3 million tonnes a year.
Tanga Cement is the manufacturer of Simba cement brand. It is Tanzania’s first publicly listed cement company. It employs 300 people directly and 5,000 indirectly.