Ambitious Cement Plant Projects in Nigeria and South Africa
Ambitious Cement Plant Projects in Nigeria and South Africa

Ambitious Cement Plant Projects in Nigeria and South Africa

January 20th, 2017

Bolloré Logistics teams have recently secured the logistics services of two key cement plant construction projects in Nigeria and South Africa with one of the largest cement plant production companies in China.

Unicem project

Unicem Nigeria is a joint venture between Lafarge Africa PLC, Holcim, Dangote and Flour Mills to construct and operate a 6,000 ton per day clinker and cement line in South West Nigeria, near the Calabar Port.

The Unicem project involved the movement of 500 TEUs and 150,000 freight tons of project cargo, which was successfully managed by Bolloré Logistics teams in China and in Nigeria, with the shipment of 12 break bulk vessels to the Calabar Port, completed by more than 5,000 truck round trips from the port to the construction site. This project also entailed the transport of out of gauge cargo – cement mills – weighing 125 metric tons each. Two multi-axle hydraulic trailers were used to transport these 14 pieces of cargo in one shipment. A preliminary road survey and subsequent adjustments to the road infrastructure quality were critical to make this transport a success.

“Bolloré Logistics’ global presence, backed by its experience, infrastructure and relationships in Africa, along with our commitment to growth on the continent, is what provides our customers with cost-effective and reliable end-to-end logistics solutions,” says Jean-Christophe Tranchepain, country head of Bolloré Logistics Nigeria.

PPC project

PPC, the leading supplier of cement in Southern Africa has entrusted to the same Chinese company the supply of EPC services. This project involved the logistics services to support the construction of a 3,000 ton per day clinker production line, located in Lichtenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. This operation which started in August 2015 is expected to be completed within 25 months.

Bolloré Logistics secured the break bulk sea transportation and inland transport of the construction material and cement plant equipment cargo. To date, 200 TEUs have been moved to the site and 45,000 freight tons of cargo have been transported from Jingtang and Tianjin port to the plant site in South Africa.

Bolloré Logistics is proud to be associated with these two grand-scale industrial projects and will continue promoting growth on the African continent through professional, efficient logistics services.

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