A project involving the construction of the Kigali Convention Centre a multi-purpose and ultra modern conference centre has contracted Hima to facilitate the construction of cement in bulk tankers.
The convention centre is being constructed by the Chinese Civil Engineering Corporation Company (CCECC).
According to an official from Hima cement, the bulk tank supply is where cement deliveries are made in sealed tanks other than ordinary bags.
“The deal to supply cement has been finalized and the first tank is already at Gatuna border awaiting customs clearance,” said Edgar Odipo, the sales representative in Kigali.
However, details concerning how much to supply was not revealed as CCECC has not placed an order at the moment.
Odipo said that they have a capacity to deliver 28 tonnes in bulk tanks per consignment which is an equivalent of 560 bags and more than 2000 tonnes per month.
While the ordinary cement is 32.5 grade Hima will deliver to CCECC 42.5 grade directly from Mombassa and Uganda.
“There are more advantages in bulk tank supply such as protection against some elements like rain and adulteration which would compromise on the quality,” explained Odipo.
Hima Cement Company is one of the biggest cement manufacturers in sub Saharan Africa with the Kasese plant producing 350,000 tones per year and when it is complete the production capacity is expected to rise to 850,000 tones per year.
The bulk tank system pumps cement directly into the tank upon which it is sealed it is being used in Rwanda for the first time while it has been used in both Kenyan and Ugandan projects such as Bujagali dam project.