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03.02.2009 Business & Finance

New Cement Factory Takes Off

By Daily Guide

SAVANNA CEMENT Company (SAVACEM) Limited has finally taken off at Buipe in the Central Gonja District of the Northern Region after some initial hiccups. 

The installation of the main plant located near the Yakumbo forest which is expected to be completed in December this year would set the stage for major operations in January 2010.  

It has been estimated that about 10,000 tons of cement representing 20,000 bags would be produced daily.  

The General Manager of the project, Srinivasa Rao, who disclosed this to CITY&BUSINESS GUIDE in an interview, said about 400 persons were directly employed by the company during the last quarter of 2008 and the number was expected to rise as work progressed.  

He said the quantity of cement to be produced could double depending on the availability of the raw materials in the area within the 40-year span of the project.   

He hinted that after the first year of operation, production was going to be doubled to meet demand in the three northern regions and beyond.

He disclosed that about seven contractors had been engaged to complete the site within the stipulated period of one year to facilitate the early start of the project, adding that the materials required for the completion were available.

The General Manager however bemoaned the continuous security defiant visits of personnel of competing companies to the sites, saying, “It was aimed at sabotaging our efforts.”  

He indicated that such persons who served as spies kept infringing on security directives of the company and warned that they were likely to incur the wrath of management if they failed to halt such visits.

CITY&BUSINESS GUIDE's visit to the site revealed various stages of work including the supply of electricity.

Mr. Rao noted that if the additional 150 square kilometer forest reserve was added to the company, its operations in the area could be extended from the initial 40 years.  

He therefore appealed to the traditional authorities and government to consider this request as it would open up the place and broaden job opportunities for residents.

From Stephen Zoure, Buipe