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Lemi Cement seeks contractor for airfield construction at North Shewa plant

Runway necessitated partly by security risks on roads

 The investors behind a mega cement factory in the Amhara region have put out a bid for the construction of a private airfield at a production plant in the North Shewa Zone.

Lemi National Cement Plc, a joint venture between East African Holding and West International Holding Ltd (a subsidiary of China West Cement) wants to hire a contractor for the construction of a 1.6 kilometer runway at its plant 150 kilometers north of Addis Ababa.

The company’s managers say the airfield will be used to streamline the arrival of both local and international dignitaries for the plant’s upcoming inauguration ceremony in light of the security concerns surrounding car travel.

The tender for the construction requires the contractor to have a minimum peak annual turnover of 240 million birr over the past five years. The winning bidder will be working under the supervision of Sound Engineering Solution Plc.

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The cost of the airfield project will be determined by the winning contractor, according to Abebaw Bekele, deputy project manager at Lemi Cement.

The project entails the construction of a 1.6 km runway capable of accommodating small aircraft, with necessary permissions secured from the Civil Aviation Authority, according to Abebaw. He says the airfield will also serve to facilitate tourism to the Ensaro area following the inauguration of the plant.

The construction of the cement production plant itself is also underway, forecasted to cost close to USD 600 million. Its managers say preheater frames and rotary kilns have already been installed.

Once complete, it is expected to churn out 10,000 tons of cement daily and boost national cement production to eight million tons a year. It is slated to play a significant role in addressing the cement shortages that have long plagued the key construction industry.

The factory is expected to provide employment opportunities for approximately 20,000 people.

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