WorldStage Newsonline-- Dangote Cement Plc is a step closer to its aim of becoming Africa’s leading supplier of cement with its intention to open both its cement plants in Senegal and South Africa.
According to a statement, the company’s chief executive, D.V.G. Edwin recently said: “Our plant in Senegal will soon be producing cement and our South African venture, Sephaku Cement, is well on track to open in the early part of 2014. These two plants will be our first production ventures outside Nigeria as we aim to become Africa’s leading supplier of cement.”
Commenting further on the group’s African project, Edwin revealed that: “In Ethiopia, work is well underway to build a 2.5mta plant at Mugher, with production expected early in 2015. In Tanzania, we have now begun work on a 3mta, gas-fired plant at Mtwara that is expected to be operational in October 2015. In Zambia, work is underway on a 1.5mta plant at Ndola, with cement production expected in mid-2014…Building work is progressing with a 1.5mta grinding plant in Cameroon, with completion expected in the first half of 2014. In Congo, we will build an integrated plant of 1.5mta, expected to begin production in the second quarter of 2016.”
In addition, he said Dangote Cement will also build a 1.5mta plant in South Sudan, to become operational in 2016, as well as a 1.5mta integrated facility in Kenya.
Along the coast of West Africa, Edwin further revealed that the group has concluded plans to build import facilities to receive and bag bulk cement produced in Nigeria and Senegal and that work has begun on import facilities in Sierra Leone, with operations expected to begin towards the end of 2013 or in early 2014.
He said”In Liberia, plans are advancing and orders for equipment have been made for an import facility in Freeport Monrovia. Imports into Liberia are expected to commence in early 2015. In Ivory Coast, we plan to build a 1.5mta grinding plant in Abidjan, with operations projected to begin in early 2015. In Ghana, we plan to open 1.5mta grinding plants in Tema and Takoradi by early 2015. We have recently announced our intention to build an integrated 1.5mta plant in Niger…”