Tanzania’s construction sector grew at a rate of 9% in Q2 2016 reaching TZS1.3tn, compared to TZS1.2tn in Q2 2015 with a growth rate of 13.2%.
The results were included in a report recently issued by the Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), covering the country’s GDP performances Q2 2016 GDP.
NBS attributes the slower growth rate in Q2 2016 to a slow kick start of some investments during the period.
According to the report, Tanzania’s cement production rose by 41%, from 711,079t in Q2 2015 to 1,000,818t in Q2 2016.
Gravel and stones produced in Tanzania rose by 900%, from 1.3m t in Q2 2015 to 13m t in Q2 2016.
Additionally, the value of imports of iron and steel bars for construction purposes during the period increased from TZS20.6b in 2015 to TZS29.5b in 2016.
Tanzania Cement Production
Currently (2016), Tanzania’s annual cement production amounts to more than 3m t, compared to only 900,000t in 2001.
Africa’s leading cement producer, Dangote Cement, commissioned the largest cement factory in Tanzania (the Mtwara plant) in December 2015.
The plant has a total capacity of 3,000t per day (TPD) of clinker output, and is working at almost 100% of its capacity with three packing machines at a rate of 2,400 bags per hour or 2,880TPD.
Mtwara plant is part of Dangote’s regional plan to shift Africa from cement importer to producer.