Whale Rock to start production in April

01 Mar 2018 22:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 01 MAR (NAMPA) - The Whale Rock Cement factory has set April 2018 as the date when it will start with its production of cement at the main plant outside Otjiwarongo.
The factory’s public relations officer, Manfred /Uxamb in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said they are ready to start producing and packaging their product.
Trading under Cheetah Cement, the factory initially had plans to start production in January this year, but discussions with local producers of clinkers who they had hoped could supply the factory, did not work out.
Clinker is grey half-grinded stone particles that is grinded and mixed with limestone to produce cement.
“Now that we can get it in bulk from Egypt, we will start with production in April this year,” /Uxamb said.
He said about 24 000 tonnes of clinker have been already transported from Walvis Bay to Otjiwarongo.
The factory in February this year carried out its first blast to excavate limestone at its mine pit on Farm Cleveland.
Mine Manager, Immanuel Shilongo, on his part Thursday said their team of experienced cement engineers are ready to start production.
About 600 jobs are expected to be created once the factory is completely operational in August this year, Shilongo said.