The multi-million dollar Obajana Cement Company on completion is expected to create 10,000 new jobs, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Group Chairman, Dangote Industries Limited said yesterday during a facility tour to the factory in Kogi state.
According to him, “all the required raw materials for producing the cement is readily available in the country. Ninety-six per cent of the raw material is available in our Obajana Mines in one location except gypsum which is one of the major points to select a cement plant location. Only four per cent of gypsum is required and they are available in other nearby mines. We have limestone, clay, marl, laterite soil and laterite iron in Obajana Mines.”
The plant, he said, is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of year 2007. “Obajana is the single largest plant in Africa having a capacity of 5Mta cement. It has vertical roller mill with capacity to grind oversize material, High capacity and low power consumption. We have pipeline of approximately 90 km long for supply of gas to the cement plant and power plant from Ajaokuta to Obajana (capacity 98,000 CU.M/ hr.). We have power plant of capacity 3x45 MW-gas based”, he noted .
On environmental pollution in the area, he said “by using the latest and proven technologies, we can achieve a pollution-free environment. Less fuel and power consumption due to high efficiency of the equipment. Power consumption is 87.8 kwh/t, Fuel consumption 730Kcal/kg of clinker.”