Dangote Cement has commenced operations at new cement facilities in Senegal and Cameroon, which form part of the company's plans to become a pan-African enterprise.
The new Senegalese plant, located in Pout district, about 75km from Dakar, the country’s capital, has a total production capacity of 1.5Mta. With the new plant, the company hopes to improve the country’s cement production capacity with an additional 1.5Mta while serving an export market demand of 2Mt along the Mali axis.
Country Head, Dangote Industries, Senegal, Luk Haelterman disclosed that the Group has invested about US$300m in the cement plant, adding that actual production and sales started on 10 January 2015.
Executive Director, Devakumar Edwin, “I am proud to report that we commissioned 9Mta of new capacity at our Obajana and Ibese plants and this puts them amongst the biggest cement plants in the world. Outside Nigeria, we opened up new factories in South Africa and Senegal in 2014 and our grinding plant in Cameroon has just become operational. We have started commissioning our plants in Zambia and Ethiopia and are on track to open more factories in Africa in the coming years. The success of our expansion is evidence that we are delivering on our strategy to become a much larger, more international company.”