Nigeria: Cement imports in Nigeria may begin to wind down soon, as the management of Dangote cement has concluded arrangements to finally launch its new 6Mt/yr cement plant in Ibese, Ogun State. Dangote Group additionally revealed that production at Gboko plant would soon be boosted because the company has almost concluded its expansion process in the plant to hit 4Mt/yr. The Gboko plant's current output is 3.5Mt/yr.
Dangote said that with 4Mt/yr in Gboko, about 10Mt/yr in Obajana and 6Mt/yr in Ibese, Dangote's cement production capacity will hit 20Mt/yr by the end of 2011. Nigerian demand is reportedly around 17Mt/yr. "What the Dangote Group alone will be producing will be far more than the country's demand, giving room for the group to commence cement exports to other African countries," said Dangote Group in a statement.
The group stated that by having cement plant in 14 different African countries, Dangote Cement has emerged as Africa's largest and most widespread cement producer, present in Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Congo, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana and Senegal. Dangote's plan, according to the company, was to ensure that Africa remains self-sufficient in cement production and in making the products easily available and affordable to end users.
The group was also keen to stress the benefits of increased production to its shareholders, with the Special Advisor to Aliko Dangote, Joseph Makoju, saying, "Very soon, the new lines in Obajana and Ibese will commence full production. By then the local capacity and output will be far more than the local demand of cement and that will set the scene for exporting our products. This will lead to increased product (sales), more revenue for the company and better returns for the shareholders."