The planned consolidation of the continental expansion drive of Leading Cement manufacturer in Nigeria, Dangote Cement, has been buoyed with the announcement of its $150 million Cameroon plant coming on stream.
The commencement of production in the Camerounian commercial city of Douala came in the wake of the inauguration of another 1.5 million tonnes capacity per annum Senegal plant in Pout in January. The management of the Company had last year listed some six plants across five African countries scheduled for completion this year.
The plants at various stages of construction, according to the Group President and Chief Executive, Aliko Dangote will add about 13.5mmt of cement per annum to the existing capacity, when completed. The on-going plant projects according to him then, were Zambia, 1.5mmtpa; Tanzania, 1.5mmtpa; South-Africa 3mmtpa; Republic of Congo, 1.5mmtpa; and Gabon 1.5mmtpa and Senegal 1.5mmtpa
Back home, Dangote Cement ramp up capacity adding additional third and fourth production lines to the existing 6mmtpa in Ibese, Ogun state to bring the total capacity to 12mmtpa and another 3mmtpa line currently being added to the Obajana cement plant in Kogi state. Dangote told a delegation from the Organized Private Sector who visited him in the office that the 1.5 million tons per annum capacity plant in Cameroon commenced initial production at one million tons per annum before productions would be stepped up to maximum capacity level.
The Dangote Cement Chairman stated that the Douala plant would revolutionise the cement industry in Cameroon and help stimulate the Eastern African economy, as Dangote Cement would be churning out its known quality grade of 42.5 at a very competitive price. He explained that the plant remained the most modern in Cameroon because of the latest technologies used in the construction from Germany, USA and France and put together by the renowned plant engineers – Sinoma.
The Dangote Cement Chief stated that the Company started by Importing Clinker and that production is being carried out at the most environmental friendly level pointing out that the dust emission by the plant is lower than the 50mm international standard.