Dangote Cement Plc is about to begin operations in a new cement plant located in francophone Congo Republic. The cement plan cost about $300 million and should boost production by about 1.5 million metric tonnes. Bringing total yearly production across all plants to about 33 million tonnes. This in a way brings the company closer to being the biggest cement exporter on the continent.
The plant is the newest to be commission and a newer one being built in another French country Cote’Divoire isn’t far behind. The project in Congo Republic is sitting on an 80-hectarse land and is expecting to boost the nations economy and also improve on export. The new plant is expected to employ more than 16,000 staff drawn from the country and neighboring countries. The cement plant will depend on the power grid for its operation, and is already drawing about 20 megawatts from it. The plant will also employ robotic laboratory for better quality control and higher standards.
Sustainability measures have also been put in place through the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) exercise and protection of resources and people.Recall that the Dangote Group also recently announced that it will be building new cement plants in two Nigerian communities of Okpella, Edo state and Itori, Ogun state.
The forthcoming Nigerian plants are expected to add 12MMT per annum (mmtpa) to the company’s current local output of 31.25mmtpa, raising it to a total 41.25mmtpa.Dangote Group Executive Director, Strategy, Projects and Portfolio Management, Devakumar Edwin, had explained that the Okpella plant will have two cement lines which will churn out 3mmtpa each, while the Itori plant will deliver approximately 3mmtpa from two production lines. Both plants are expected to come on stream within the next three years.
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