Cimerwa plant upgrade shutdown leads to price rises

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Rwanda: Upgrade work at Cimerwa’s plant at Bugarama has led to local cement prices rising by up to nearly 50%. The plant has been shut for nearly a month for improvements to its mill, heat exchanger bypass, clinker cooler plate, bag filter and limestone weigh feeder, according to the New Times newspaper. However, the work has been delayed by bad weather and delays waiting for imported parts to arrive.

The total cost of the upgrade project is US$3.3m. An unnamed German contractor has been involved with the work. The plant has a nominal production capacity of 0.6Mt/yr but it currently produces 0.5Mt/yr. Normal supply from the plant is expected to resume by the end of May 2018.


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