Nigeria: Two major Nigerian cement producers, Dangote and Lafarge WAPCO, have ended the 2012 calendar year with 1.47Mt of unsold cement and clinker. Figures obtained from the two manufacturers show that Dangote had unsold stock of 950,000t while Lafarge had 520,000t.
"At Lafarge, the situation is so bad. We have 300,000t of unsold cement and 220,000t of clinker in our silos across our three plants (Sagamu, Ewekoro I and Ewekoro II). Before these pileups, we used to load 10 trucks per day but now that there are no sales and loaded trucks have nowhere to go. As a result we are losing 800t/day," said Lanre Opakunle, plant manager at Lafarge Ewekoro II.
Commenting on why the price of cement remained high in Nigeria despite the glut, Opakunle said that manufacturers are coping with rising energy inputs and high haulage costs. Fuel costs account for 31% of production cost in Nigeria compared to less than 10% in China.
In early December 2012 Dangote Cement announced that it was going to shut its 4Mt/yr Dangote Cement plant in Gboko, Benue State due to a glut of cement in the market.