Tanzania Shows Prosperity for the Concrete Industry

The vast lands of Tanzania

Tanzania’s economy is booming, with the construction
industry and demand for cement being key drivers in
boosting the economy

Commissioning the Dangote Group’s new cement plant
in the Mtwara region will help facilitate further growth and
help Tanzania meet its local cement needs but will also provide
supplies for export. The plant, set for completion in 2015, will
produce three million tonnes of cement per year, approximately
half of Tanzania’s current production. It will be powered by a
75-MW coal-based power plant – one of only four facilities
worldwide to use coal to fire its kiln.

Aurecon has been appointed as the local engineering
consultant on this greenfields project and will be providing
civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP)
engineering design review as well as registration and
construction supervision services.

Ensuring buildability

Craig Wood, Aurecon’s country manager, Tanzania, says the
project has been challenging: “Because the design of the plant
originated in China with external design review from America,
Aurecon had to ensure the final design was an applicable
and constructible solution for Tanzania. To do so, Aurecon
utilised expertise from its local and global teams to ensure the
buildability of the design to local standards,” explains Wood.
“Processing and standardising the information originating
from designers and reviewers spread across the globe was
particularly challenging. Advising our client on adapting their
standards to comply with Tanzanian standards has been a
value-add to the facility,” says Anna Munyagi, Aurecon’s incountry
coordination engineer.

Aurecon formed a consortium of architects and quantity
surveyors in Tanzania to ensure that the design, material
selection and standards were achievable within local conditions
and taking into account local constraints.

“In addition, Aurecon is also managing critical Tanzanian
registration and compliance matters, including obtaining
approvals on local legislation for the plant. Mtwara is set
to become a significant infrastructure hub to support the
emerging large industries in Southern Tanzanian/Northern
Mozambique. As Aurecon is also involved in the Mtwara Town
Master plan we have a good platform to engage the local
authorities,” says Munyagi.

Critical project oversight

Harun Mopendela, a civil engineer with Aurecon in Tanzania
says, “Aurecon is playing a critical oversight role throughout
the project’s final design and construction phases and is
maximising involvement of its local staff to draw on their local
knowledge and experience.”

“Increased construction and a subsequent rise in cement
demand in Tanzania places the Dangote Group in the ideal
position to facilitate growth within the country, as well as in
neighbouring African economies,” concludes Wood.

Sources: Ermis Marques, Concrete Trends