Dangote Cement Plc has begun the test run of its 6Mta cement plant at Ibese, near the Polytechnic town of Ilaro in Ogun State, preparatory to the commencement of cement production in August. The plant is said to have reached 80 per cent completion.
These facts were disclosed by the Deputy Director, Sinoma International Engineering, the Chinese construction firm handling the project, Dr. Ved Prakash Sarkari and a Manger in the Projects department, Engr Bolu Aladeniyi. Dr Sarkari stated that when the plant rolls out the first batch of ordinary Portland cement OPC, in August, it will reduce the price of the product by at least 15 percent in the open market.
All the raw materials required are readily available at the company’s Ibese Mines. The mines has an estimated reserve of 760Mt of limestone which is expected to last for the next 105 years.
The Ibese cement plant, which has two production lines, will be powered by three turbines being built by the company. Each of the turbines being installed by Siemens of Germany, will generate 37MW of electricity.
Mr Aladeniyi explained that the Ibese plant can also operate with coal, natural gas and HFO. The
kiln, two storage houses for limestone, six silos each with a capacity of 10,000t. The gas powered plant which is serviced from Itori Gas Plant, 24km from Ibese (to supply power to the cement plant) is equally ready.