(The following press release issued by HeidelbergCement was obtained from
In Togo, HeidelbergCement is constructing a new US$ 250 million clinker plant
with an annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes in the town of Tabligbo, some 80
km north-east of the capital of Lomé. In addition, the company is building a
new cement grinding facility with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes in Dapaong, 600
kilometers to the north.
“The construction of the new clinker plant and the cement grinding facility is
part of our strategy of focusing on expanding our clinker and cement capacities
in growth markets. In addition to Asia and Eastern Europe, these include, in
particular, the countries of sub-Saharan Africa”, said Dr. Bernd Scheifele,
Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “As West Africa possesses
only relatively small limestone deposits, the clinker required in cement
production often has to be imported at high cost. Our new clinker plant is of
great strategic importance as it sources the limestone from its own deposits.”
The clinker will be processed to cement in HeidelbergCement’s grinding
mills in Togo as well as in the neighbouring countries of Benin, Ghana, and
Burkina Faso, replacing clinker that has previously been imported from overseas
and thereby strengthening HeidelbergCement’s competitiveness in Africa.
The investment project will stimulate the improvement of local infrastructure
and housing, and is expected to create around 1,300 jobs locally, of which more
than 200 at the plants. The project is conducted within the framework of a
partnership between HeidelbergCement and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
and its finance partners.
Commissioning of the two new plants is scheduled for 2015. The capacity
expansion in Togo is already included in HeidelbergCement’s capital expenditure
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