Rwf54bn cement factory to be set up in Musanze

06 April 2017

Rwanda’s sole cement maker, Cimerwa, could soon lose its monopoly following the impending entry of Prime Cement, ehich plans to construct a $65 million (±Rwf54 billion) cement plant in Musanze District, Northern Province.

The firm and FLSmidth Company, a Danish manufacturer and supplier of cement equipment, signed a multimillion dollar equipment supply deal to kick-start the project that could more than double Rwanda’s cement production.

Gisele Bayigamba, the GM Milbridge Holding, a consortium that owns Prime Cement, said operations will begin in the third quarter of 2018. Once completed, the plant will have production capacity of 700,000 tpa.

Cimerwa has the capacity to produce 600,000 tpa at its $170-million (±Rwf126.7 billion) Rusizi plant, while the country’s cement needs stand at 450,000 tonnes annually. Therefore, the combined production will greatly support Rwanda’s export sector and help ease cost of cement locally.

Bayigamba said the plant would deploy the latest cutting-edge technologies in production to help reduce greenhouse gas emission.

Infrastructure Minister James Musoni said when implemented, the project will boost the country’s growing construction industry.

He added that the investment would also contribute to Rwanda’s development goals as per the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy targets.

The project is expected to create over 1,500 new jobs and boost the country’s forex inflows through cement export. This opportunity will also equip local workers with skills that will ensure sustainable incomes at household level.

About Prime Cement

This a privately owned company that is part of the Milbridge holding a group of companies involved in the manufacturing  and construction materials trade in Angola, the United Arab Emirates, Rwanda and South Africa.

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