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Chinese company launches JV with Namibia cement company

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-10-23 10:27

WINDHOEK  - The Chinese company, Asian and African Business Management, has teamed up with a Namibian company, Whale Rock Cement, to set up a $350 million cement plant.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in Windhoek Thursday between the two companies to kick start the project that will see the creation of 400 jobs.

The Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang and the chairperson of the Asian and African Business Management Zhang Jimin attended the signing ceremony.

A few years ago, Whale Rock Cement (Pty) Ltd came onto the Namibian market with its cement brand Cheetah Cement.

This has triggered a fierce competition with the existing cement suppliers leading to a price war that drove Whale Rock off the market.

Asian and African Business Management has more than 30 years experience in cement production and employs 6,000 workers.

The plant, about 245 kilometers from the capital Windhoek will be the second cement plant in Namibia after Ohorongo which produces more than 500,000 tons per year.

Whale Rock Cement public relations officer Manfred Uxamb said a comprehensive feasibility study has been done and that a limestone survey has also been carried out.

"Together with our partners, we have performed comprehensive investigation of the land plot, limestone, clay, wasted iron ore, gypsum which is necessary for this cement plant," Uxamb said, adding that they found that all these resources meet requirements.

"The survey also included a market research that proved that the project is feasible. The feasibility study was presented to the Government of the Republic of Namibia and approved," Uxamb said.

According to Uxamb, the area chosen for setting up the plant has proved that there is enough limestone deposits to last more than 40 years and pump more than $30 billion into the economy.

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