Lafarge Zambia has successfully commissioned a plug and grind cement plant in Ndola which will produce 100,000 tonnes of cement per annum bringing the Plant’s total capacity to 500,000 tonnes.
Plug and Grind plant is a portable cement grinding plant which uses state-of-the art technology and is fitted with bag filters to aid in environmental management. It has been constructed on available land within the Ndola plant.
Speaking at the event Lafarge Zambia CEO, Mr Emmanuel Rigaux said the Plug and Grind Project was yet again a new innovation by Lafarge Zambia as the Company places strong focus on sustainable development and utilization of resources such as land.
“This project has utilised very minimal amount of land. It is fitted with state-of-the art technology and has bag filters to aid in environmental management. It will add a total of 100,000 tonnes of cement per annum. This contribution will bring the Ndola Plant capacity to 500,000 tonnes per annum.” explained Mr. Rigaux.
Mr. Rigaux further said the plant is good news for the customers as they will now have more of their favourite brand of cement available locally and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“The plant will produce Supaset which will be exported to DRC and other neighbouring countries. These sales are in hard currency which is good for the company and ultimately good for the country, of course in addition to increasing non-traditional exports (NTE)”, stated Mr. Rigaux.
The Guest of Honour at event, Copperbelt Provincial Minister, Hon Mwenya Musenge, MP, commended Lafarge Zambia for commissioning the plant stating Lafarge had continued to demonstrate its long term commitment to Zambia and the region.
“I am particularly encouraged by Lafarge Zambia because your actions are a true demonstration of a company that has long term investment plans for Zambia and the region. This action today further reaffirms this position”, Said the Honourable Minister.
The Minister further said Government was committed to doing its best to help the private sector to weather the storm during this challenging phase in the economy.
“Please rest assured that you have our support. Indeed, it is times like this that we become even more encouraged that we could still utilize opportunities in the economy and continue to give hope to our people. We will surely come out stronger in the end.”
Present also at the event was the LafargeHolcim Group Area Manager for East Africa and Indian Ocean, Mr Dominique Drouet who was on a three day visit of Zambia. Mr Drouet was pleased with the visit and commended the staff for their hard work.