Nigeria: Dangote Cement says that its new 6Mt/yr cement plant at Okpella in Edo state is ready to enter cement production. The Daily Independent newspaper has reported that group invested US$1bn in the plant. China-based Sinoma International Engineering Company supplied engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. When commissioned, the plant will employ 6000 people, according to the owner.
Dangote Cement is in the process of establishing a further 6Mt/yr cement plant at Itori in Ogun state. The launch of both plants will give the producer an active cement capacity of 41.3Mt/yr. The company says that its aim is to increase the uptake of cement in Nigeria. It said, “We still need to do more to make the cement get to the poorest of the poor.”