To help bring down the soaring cement price before year’s end, the Dangote Group, which owns Ibeshe Cement plant in Ogun State, has hinted that the plant will be ready for commissioning in June. Deputy director (projects) in charge of the plant, Ved Prakash Sarkari, made the comment last week while showing media executives around the facility.
The cost of the entire plant, including the power plant, according to Prakash, is NGN93bn (US$620m). The plant has two kiln lines with each producing 6000tpd of cement, totalling 12,000tpd. It is expected to produce no less than 240,000 bags of cement daily when fully in operation. Prakash said that at “full throttle,” the Ibeshe Cement plant would produce 6Mta of cement.
The raw materials at Ibeshe are expected to last for 400 years, while the mines would equally last for another 90 years. According to Prakash, the works has five mining points where the limestone is processed. He added that the Ibeshe plant has three power plants of 35MW each.
Although the official plant commissioning will be in the second quarter of the year, the factory will start test running in April, when it will commence clinker production.
The project supervisor said that the facility, which is nearing completion, has state-of-the-art equipment that is second-to-none in the whole of Africa. He added that finishing touches were being put to the plant.