National Cement Share Company (NCSC) was established in November 2005 thorough a joint venture of East African Mining Corporation, the Federal Government of Ethiopia's Privatization & Public Enterprises Supervising Agency and others. Over the next few years, government shares were bought out by East African Mining Corporation.
The company is located 515 Kilometers from Addis Ababa, in Dire Dawa Administrative Region. The factory was the first cement plant in Ethiopia, which was established in 1936 by the Italians. It was previously called Dire Dawa Cement Factory.
After renovating the old factory, the company has boosted the production capacity first from 150 tons per day (TPD) to 300 TPD then to 400TPD and is currently under further upgrading to reach a higher capacity.
The major raw material inputs are limestone, clay, gypsum and pumice. Limestone deposit is identified in two sites with a total reserve of 93,728,250 tons which is sufficient for 80 years. Similarly, the amount of reserve for clay, gypsum and pumice is 13,852,800 tons, 2,534,410 tons and 8,698,122 tons sufficient for 28 years, 33 years and 20 years respectively.
In addition to the existing plant, National Cement Share Company has launched a greenfield cement factory project in diredawa town with a production capacity of 3,000 TPD clinker. The company is committed to the successful realization of the project. The target completion date for the project is set to be January 2012.
The total land holding of the 3,000tpd project is 95.82 hectares held by lease agreement including the limestone mining land with the Diredawa council. The lease agreement is effective for 80 years.
The company has partnered with Development Bank Of Ethiopia (DBE) to arrange the necessary funding to carryout the objectives of the project.
National Cement Share Company is committed to ensure the protection of the environment by putting efforts for the prevention of pollution, complying to relevant environmental regulations, continuous improvement of energy conservation, waste minimization and wherever practicable waste utilization.National Cement Share Company being among few which are expected to enhance the production of cement in the country and contribute to its economic development is committed to server its customers by providing quality cement and related construction materials with competitive price.