Siemens receives contract to supply electrical equipment for first cement works in Namibia

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Updated Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT

The Industry Solutions Division of Siemens Ltd. India, Mumbai, has won an order from Polysius AG, Beckum, to supply the complete turnkey electrical equipment to Ohorongo Cement in Otavi, Namibia. Ohorongo Cement is to be set up as a subsidiary of the German Schwenk Zement KG and is the first cement works to be built in Namibia. It is scheduled to come on stream by December 2010.

Polysius AG is an engineering company belonging to ThyssenKrupp Technologies and one of the leading suppliers of equipment to the cement and minerals industries. The German company, Schwenk Zement KG, is investing a three-figure million euro sum in the construction of Namibia's first cement works. The state-of-the-art plant with a capacity of 2,100 metric tons per day is located at Otavi, near the Windhoek area in Namibia, which is abundant in the reserves of limestone and has well linked rail and road networks. The cement produced from this plant will be marketed within Namibia as well as in the neighboring countries of Angola and Botswana.

Siemens will engineer and supply the entire plant electrics that includes 132 kV outdoor GIS (gas-insulated switchgear) switchyard, power and distribution transformers, 11 kV vacuum circuit breaker panels, PCCs (power control centers) and intelligent MCCs (motor control centers), medium and low-voltage motors, VVVF drives (variable voltage, variable frequency), cables, lighting as well as earthing system, power factor correction systems, control automation and field instrumentation.

Commenting on this order Dr Armin Bruck, Managing Director Siemens Ltd. said, "We are happy to be a part of such a prominent project in Namibia where we can showcase our wide expertise, particularly in the cement sector. Our track record for timely and quality execution of large, complex projects coupled with our ability to provide fully integrated solutions at competitive prices enabled us to win the order."