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Nigerian government commends Dangote Cement self-sufficiency feat

20 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The Nigerian government has officially confirmed that Nigeria has attained self-sufficiency in the production of cement and is now an exporter of the commodity, ascribing the feat to Dangote Cement which spare headed the backward integration policy introduced by the government, the cement company said in a statement today. Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who leads a team of the federal government to the Dangote Cement plants in Ibese, Ogun State, at the weekend s...

Tanzania: state offers Dangote land to mine coal

13 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Following last year’s deal by Tanzania’s government to supply natural gas to Dangote Cement in the southeastern town of Mtwara, the state has offered land to the Nigerian company to mine coal for its operations. Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals handed a 10km 2 plot of land to the 3Mta cement factory set up in 2015. According to local sources, the move was sanctioned by President John Magufuli to allow the company get a reliable supply of coal to fuel its activities. Tanzania ha...

Tanzania: Dangote prepares for coal extraction in Ngaka

06 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, has taken action to enable Dangote Cement to start mining its own coal to power its new US$650m Mtwara cement factory. Speaking at the official launch of the 580 trucks, which will be used by Dangote to transport cement from the southern region of Mtwara to the rest of the country, Mr Magufuli gave a seven-day ultimatum for the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to ensure that the coal mining area in Ngaka is available to the cement producer to start mining...

Dangote switches strategies to improve margins

03 March 2017, Published under Cement News

This week Dangote Cement held a press conference on its 2016 results and explained why its market strategy in Nigeria changed from a volume-based approach to one focussing on cashflow and increased profit margins going forward. In the first two quarters of 2016, Dangote found high cement volumes were working well. The group’s total cement volumes rose in Nigeria by 13.8 per cent to 15.1Mt in 2016, from 14.8Mt in 2015. Moreover, the company’s market share increased substantially up to June...

Nigeria: fuel shortages hit cement output

16 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Shortages of oil and natural gas have caused cement producers in Nigeria to cut output, with some plants having to close temporarily, reports the Vanguard newspaper. The declining availability of natural gas, low-pour fuel oil and (LPFO), automotive gas oil (AGO) has led to a reduction in cement manufacturing as firms struggle to find sufficient fuel to support normal operations. Dangote, Nigeria’s largest producer, said that its fuel costs rose US$14.40/t in 2016 and that it was conve...

Cameroon: smuggled Dangote cement creates price drop

08 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote cement currently sells between XAF-2800-3500 (US$4.55-5.68) per 50kg bag in northern Cameroon, significantly lower than the XAF4500-4600 applicable in the south of the country, local sources revealed. The price erosion results from smuggling activity suffered by Dangote in the northern part of the country.  Important cargoes of Dangote cement sold in this area of Cameroon come directly from Nigeria, despite there being a ban on imports of cement in Cameroon, implemented by public ...

Ethiopia: Dangote to establish production line for cement bags

01 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Aliko Dangote has used his meeting with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to outline his conglomerate’s plans to increase investment in the country, the Ethiopian Herald reports. In a press conference following the meeting, Dangote told reporters that he planned to manufacture cement bags in Ethiopia. The bags currently used by the Dangote Cement operations in the country had to be imported, costing the firm millions of dollars. "We are also opening a very big factory to produce cement ba...

Nigeria: Aliko Dangote rewards domestic cement distributors

24 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Plc has rewarded its distributors with NGN2.4bn (US$7.8m) as sales bonus and for their continuous loyalty. Another NGN5bn has been set aside to assist the distributors in enhancing their sales. Chairman, Aliko Dangote, gave out the cheques ranging from NGN30m to NGN182.9m to distributors at a ceremony in Lagos at the weekend. He hailed them for their long-standing commitment, devotion, loyalty and valuable contribution to the distribution and sale of Dangote Cement in 2...

Dangote Ghana’s biggest taxpayer of 2016

20 January 2017, Published under Cement News

The Ghana Revenue Authority has recognised Dangote Cement as being the single largest taxpaying entity in the country, Business Ghana reports. The firm paid taxes and duties totalling GHS150m (US$35.5m) over the past year. “The payment of our taxes demonstrates our commitment to making a significant contribution to the growth of Ghana’s economy. We are looking at continuing this feat in future by expanding our operations to meet the needs of our customers in the country and creating mo...

Tanzania: rising costs bring Dangote plant to a standstill

30 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Production at Dangote’s Mtwara plant in Tanzania was brought to a halt last week as the company has found itself embroiled in a political battle over the payment of incentives by the Tanzanian government, the Citizen newspaper reports. The 3Mta plant was commissioned in October 2015 and Dangote has claimed to have made ‘strong market share gains’ according to its trading update for the first nine months of 2016. However, in the same release, the company admitted that a reliance on diesel ...