Local content drive: Hima Cement inks deal to supply 120 tonnes of cement
The MoU signed between the parties is for the supply of cement for these projects; Entebbe International Airport Expansion, Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) Road Construction Project and the Soroti - Moroto Road Upgrade Project.
In a first of what is increasingly a competitive cement market, Hima Cement Limited has inked a deal to supply 120 tonnes of cement to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Limited that will service its works on three mega infrastructure projects the Chinese contractor has won in Uganda.
The CCC Limited won contracts to execute works on; Entebbe International Airport Expansion, Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) Road Construction Project and the Soroti - Moroto Road Upgrade Project.
Allan Ssemakula, the Commercial Director, Hima Cement said being part of the Lafarge Holcim Group gives the cement maker the competence and technical capacity needed to undertake infrastructure projects of any nature.
"Hima Cement clients benefit from the technical expertise and product innovation that are the hallmark of LafargeHolcim Group. This MoU is testament to our diverse product offerings and also avails solutions that fit the unique needs of our clients," he said.
Ssemakula also disclosed that the MoU paves way for further collaboration between Hima Cement and CCCC on future infrastructure development undertakings in the country.
He revealed that Hima Cement and CCCC established this partnership in 2013 which saw the cement manufacturer supply for works on the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. He said the duo look forward to partnering in other construction projects, research and development as well as health and safety aspects.
According to the agreement, Hima Cement will supply 30,000 tons of cement to the Entebbe Airport expansion project for five years, 60,000 (3 years) and 30,000 (3 years) for the Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi and Soroti-Moroto Road Projects respectively.
The upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport is a design and build project to be implemented in a phased approach under which Phase 1 will be implemented over a five year period. The Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) road project is a construction venture estimated to last at least three years with works already on-going.
Joseph Zheng Biao, the Acting Country Manager, CCCC Uganda, told journalists that CCCC's collaboration with LafargeHolcim at a global level gave them the confidence that Hima Cement was the perfect local contractor to engage.
He said the principal raw materials for the company's construction projects are steel, cement, sand, ballast and asphalt. "For our projects we ensure to source these from local suppliers in line and support of government's effort of Buy Uganda, Build Uganda.
“Therefore, this MOU reaffirms CCCC's commitment to local content which is a catalyst to job creation, better income and standards of living for citizens," he added.
In the past, Hima Cement has supplied to big projects like Bujagali Hydro Power Project, Nelson Mandela stadium, the new Jinja Nile Bridge among others.