HeidelbergCement expands cement capacity in Liberia

heidgelbergcementHeidelbergCement has successfully commissioned a new cement mill at its cement grinding plant in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia

The investment in the new mill, which has a capacity of 0.5mn tonnes, was worth US$14mn.

The Liberian subsidiary Cemenco, which is part of HeidelbergCement’s network of cement grinding facilities on the West African coast, is the only cement producer in Liberia which has a strong market position.

HeidelbergCement managing board chairman Bernd Scheifele said, “The construction of the new cement mill in Liberia is in line with our strategy of modernising and expanding clinker and cement capacities in emerging markets.

“In particular, the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have a very high growth potential due to their early stage of industrialisation. In Ghana, we recently increased the cement grinding capacity at our Tema cement plant and are currently building a new cement mill in Takoradi. Together with our existing plants in this region, the new mill in Liberia will strengthen our coastal network in West Africa.”

The new cement grinding facility in Liberia will include a two-chambered ball mill with high efficiency separator, filter, fan and flow meter. The power supply of the new cement grinding mill will be provided through a 5.7MW generator plant.

A statement from HeidelbergCemenet said, “Economic outlook for Liberia and the sub-Saharan countries is positive. While the IMF expects GDP to grow by 7.5 per cent in Liberia in 2013, it anticipates a growth between five per cent and six per cent in sub-Saharan countries in general in 2013 and 2014. Cement demand is also expected to rise benefiting from infrastructure projects and the mining industry.”

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