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01/04/2014

Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Company releases progress report on Gweru cement plant upgrade

Wang Yong, the managing director of the Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Company, has reported that the joint-venture is on track to complete a US$5m upgrade to the Gweru cement plant in the Midlands province. Once the work is completed the plant's clinker production capacity is expected to double to at least 0.2Mt/yr.

"We are now halfway through the upgrade... We have installed a modern bag filter system to cut emissions. No more thick dust or smoke from the chimney now," said Wang to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. He added that around US$1m was spent on improving pollution control and the rest is being used to refurbish cement mills, rotary kilns, build a cement warehouse and install new packaging lines. The Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Company wants to attract larger investment from China to fund further facility upgrade and expansion. Cement producers in Zimbabwe are set to benefit from increased infrastructure developments if the government's five-year economic plan is fully implemented.

The plant is a joint venture between the Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe and China Building Material Industrial Corporation for Foreign Econo-Technical Cooperation with an initial investment of US$54m. The plant employs more than 400 workers, with 95% from Zimbabwe.
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