Components for the Dinson Iron and Steel Company Mvuma steel plant have arrived in the port city of Durban in South Africa.
In a tweet at the weekend, DISCO said; “Dinson Iron & Steel Company Zimbabwe (Disco)
“Humongous…Components for Mvuma steel plant blast furnace have arrived at Durban Port, South Africa. They will arrive in Zim at the end of June. What a spectacle it will be, as we build Africa’s largest steel plant!”
A company spokesperson confirmed the shipment, saying the components were part of the consignments of specialised equipment imported from China.
“In total we are going to have US$100 million worth of equipment coming from China; and up to 1000 truckloads. Some fabrications are being done locally by local engineers,” he said.
Once completed the Mvuma still plant will be Africa’s largest steel plant producing approximately 2 million tonnes of steel per annum and employing more than 5000 people. It is three times the size of ZISCOSTEEL in Redcliff, which used to be the biggest in the continent.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) constructed a 27-kilometre temporary power line to supply electricity at the plant production company site which will provide the necessary electricity for the operations.
A permanent 97-kilometre high-voltage power line from Sherwood to Kwekwe is currently under construction.
Africa’s largest steel plant benefits
The Mvuma Steel Plants will be split into two locations, one in Midlands for iron ore smelting and the other in Chikomba, Mashonaland East, for the majority of the mining and beneficiation.
Dinson Iron and Steel Company has also been granted exclusive rights to build a new town between Mvuma, Chivhu, and Chirumanzu districts around its new facility.
A dedicated railway line is also set to be established, connecting the US$1 billion stainless steel plant to a new port in Mozambique, which is expected to help transport large quantities of exports on time.
Investors are being sought to assist with the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing rail networks.
The railway project is also projected to boost bulk railway traffic between Mozambique and Zimbabwe and open more opportunities for mining and manufacturing, as well as help the tourism sector and unlock numerous downstream job opportunities.
Communities in the midlands province are set to benefit immensely from the project, which is also expected to contribute to the country’s goals of achieving a US$12 billion mining economy by 2030.