Sinoma International Engineering to build cement plant at Dire Dawa in Ethiopia

China-based Sinoma International Engineering has signed an agreement with National West International Holding (WIH) Building Materials to build an industrial park development project at Dire Dawa. The project has an investment of US$600m and will include a 6000t/day cement plant and a 1000t/day lime unit, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The proposed industrial park is relatively close to the Port of Djibouti, in neighbouring Djibouti, to allow for access to raw materials and potential export markets.

WIH, a joint-venture between companies based in Ethiopia and China, already operates a cement plant at Lemi in Amhara Region.