Tanzania: The Petroleum Development Corporation (PDC) and Dangote Industries Tanzania have signed a 20-year deal to supply gas to Dangote Cement’s plant at Mtwara. The cement plant will produce up to 35MW of electricity from natural gas and this will later increase to 45MW, according to the Daily News newspaper. The energy supply will allow the unit to increase it production capacity to 6000t/day from 2000t/day and reduce its production costs.
At the ceremony marking the signing, Dangote Industries chief executive officer (CEO) Jagat Rathee said the company has been using an average of 106,000l/day of diesel to produce 2000 – 2500t/day of cement. The 3Mt/yr plant was commissioned in 2015 and is supported by 500Mt of limestone reserves. It is hoped that the new gas deal will reduce the price of cement in the country.