The groundbreaking ceremony for United Cement Co of Nigeria’s (Unicem) new 2.5Mta line at its Mfamosing works took place on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 in the presence of the country’s president Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking at the ceremony, the president said: “Today’s event by UniCem is yet another milestone for the company, the industry and the nation at large as this event brings additional 2.5Mta to the nation's existing capacity.
The new line, which will add to Mfamosing’s existing 2.5Mta capacity, is due for completion in 2016. President Jonathan noted that he was "particularly impressed" that after five years since the inauguration of its first line, Unicem is embarking on a project to double its capacity.
Commenting on the company's performance to-date, chairman of UniCem Board, John Coumantaros said: “Over the past five years, we have ramped-up our operations, producing 2.1Mt of cement as at 2013, 2.2Mt to be achieved in 2014 and with a target to reach our installed capacity by 2015. This we believe will contribute significantly in meeting our national demand for cement."