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Construction of Uganda Sukulu phosphate factory kicks off

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th October 2015 05:35 PM

The construction of Uganda Sukulu Phosphate Comprehensive Industrial Development Project in Tororo district has finally kicked off.

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The team at the ground breaking ceremony. PHOTO: Faustin Odeke

The construction of Uganda Sukulu Phosphate Comprehensive Industrial Development Project in Tororo district has finally kicked off.

By Faustine Odeke

The construction of Uganda Sukulu Phosphate Comprehensive Industrial Development Project in Tororo district has finally kicked off.
 
The US$620 million project that was launched by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in August 2014 had stalled  due to numerous challenges affecting the project.
 
The president said when completed the project would earn Uganda $600M annually and employ more than 1000 workers.
 
The work undertaken by the Chinese firm, The 23rd Metallurgical Construction Group Co Ltd has started with the construction of office blocks, dinning hall and staff accommodation.  
 
The commencement of the project followed a visit by officers of China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (SINOSURE) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the project main funders on 10th October. The team met Tororo district officials where they were assured of security and maximum cooperation.
 
The project covering 26.5 square kilometers in Sukulu and Rubongi sub counties will manufacture key products such as phosphate fertilizers, steel products, sulphuric acid, rare earth minerals and generate electricity with the capacity of 12 megawatts.
 
The project manager Mr. Zheng Xu said a total of 124 residents have already been compensated and have voluntarily relocated from the project site.
 
During a meeting held at Prime Hotel in Tororo Municipality, Pan Kexi the construction manager called for a good working environment for every worker and cordial relationship with the locals so as to achieve success.
 
He said apart from the 10 Chinese employed to offer technical services, the rest of the workers will be recruited locally adding that all the materials will also be purchased locally. He said the rest of the construction machinery is due to arrive in the country on 20th October.
 
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