A NEW CEMENT factory with the capacity to produce one million tons of cement annually has been commissioned in the Free Zone enclave in Tema. The CIMAF Cement Factory becomes the third local cement-manufacturing company after GHACEM and Diamond Cement.
The factory is spread over 14 acres of land and has cutting edge automation as well as state-of-the-art processing facilities with a packing plant for bagged cargo and silos for bulk cement distribution.
One of the highlights is also a modern office structure of 1,050sq.m. This houses a sophisticated laboratory, insulated humid room, all Managerial and Executive offices.
Speaking on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama during the commissioning November 30, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu expressed hope that a substantial amount of the factory’s proceeds would be channeled into Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.
In an address, Mr Anas Sefrioui, President of the CIMAF , said the factory would produce one million tons of cement annually and had employed about 1,200 workers from the beginning of the project to its current state.
An investment of 60 million Euros was put into the plant by The Addoha Group of Morocco, which, under Ciment’s de l’Afrique Companies, has been at the forefront of developing cement factories across West Africa. The Group is already present in 12 countries and is getting into new territories.
The factory’s civil works were done by a Ghanaian firm, FNJ Investments Ltd. The project, which started in June 2015, was completed in less than 18 months. A workforce of 300 persons was employed on the site directly, including engineers, foremen, supervisors and machine operators.
The Chief Executive Officer of FNJ Investments, Mr. Niranjan Renati, disclosed the company is fully geared to accept projects more complicated than CIMAF as they have the necessary skill set and infrastructure, including heavy machinery, batching plants and specialist machinery and tools.
He said FNJ currently employs a multi-disciplinary team, including several expats who bring the necessary skills from their vast experience working abroad, making FNJ Investments the top choice for clients looking for reliable construction companies to deliver their projects on time and in budget.
FNJ Investments was the turnkey responsible for all civil works on the site, including the Grinding Section, silos, packing plants, storage warehouses, electrical and mechanical rooms and workshop facilities and infrastructure like roads and drains.
FNJ Investments has a wide range of experience in not only commercial projects such as the CIMAF factory, but also some prestigious industrial and residential projects in and around Greater Accra. Its record par excellence attracts it to multinational investors such as the Addoha Group, Wienco Group, and Olam International even though it has been operational for only four years in the Ghanaian market. The single longest warehouse in Ghana of 20,000m2 area was built by FNJ Investments Ltd in 2012 and is the key export facility for Cocobod Operations today. It has has built facilities for agricultural commodity processing and storage facilities for various clients.