Sephaku Cement (Pty) Ltd (SepCem) has completed commissioning of its clinker facility in Aganang, and it is now set to begin production. The original start date was scheduled for the end of July 2014, but this was delayed slightly due to a minor problem with the plant fan system during hot commissioning.
Aganang is SepCem’s flagship plant. It is located in Litchenburg, in the North West Province of South Africa, and has a cement production capacity of around 1.1 million tpa. The clinker produced at the facility will be utilised at the Delmas milling plant, with the first delivery scheduled for the end of August 2014. The 1.4 million tpa Delmas plant has been using purchased clinker to date. This has allowed it to reach a 60% production capacity utilisation rate and to establish itself in the bagged and bulk cement markets.
Sephaku Holding Ltd (SepHold) plans to increase the capacity of both plants on the basis of market demand.
“The production of its own clinker is an important step for SepCem, enabling it to become a fully integrated producer of cement. We are confident that it will soon become a strong and profitable competitor in the local market,” said Dr Lelau Mohuba, Chief Executive Officer.