JSE-listed ELB Engineering Services Africa (ELB) has won a contract to upgrade the loading plant at PPC’s Colleen Bawn clinker-making facility between Bulawayo and Beitbridge in Zimbabwe.
ELB’s scope of works includes the design‚ procurement‚ delivery‚ installation and management of a complete clinker-loading upgrade project.
This will eliminate high dust volumes generated during the process of loading railway wagons and also achieve a quicker turnaround time. No deal value has been disclosed.
ELB is a solutions provider to the mining‚ power‚ port‚ construction and industrial sectors. The group operates predominantly in Africa and Australasia.
PPC’s cement plant in Bulawayo is supplied with clinker from Colleen Bawn. The group’s Zimbabwe operations produce cement for customers in Zimbabwe‚ Botswana‚ Zambia and Mozambique.
High dust volumes at the Colleen Bawn clinker loading facility are a result of increased clinker-loading requirements to service PPC’s new cement-milling facility in Harare. This remained on track for completion in 2016‚ according to the group.
CEO Darryll Castle has previously said it was business as usual in the country‚ despite the Zimbabwean economy being in a tailspin with renewed unrest.
He has said the new mill‚ which was expected to add 700‚000 tonnes of cement to PPC’s annual capacity‚ was crucial to reducing the company’s costs.
PPC has invested heavily in plants in Zimbabwe‚ Rwanda‚ Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo‚ to derive 40% of turnover from the rest of Africa by 2017.
The heavily indebted group had recently raised R4bn in a rights offer. This would fund expansion as its South African business slowed amid poor markets and fierce new competition.
PPC alone has enough capacity to supply nearly 70% of existing cement demand in South Africa of about 12-million tons a year.