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Dangote's Obajana cement factory closed off

06 October 2022, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement's Obajana cement factory in Kogi state, Nigeria, has been sealed off by Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS). The plant has been closed off because KGIRS is investigating the company over tax evasion and acquisition controversy, according to Politics Nigeria. In explaining the action, Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information, said: “Pursuant to the Constitutional authorities of the Kogi State House of Assembly, and upon petition by the people of...

Cement price in Ziguinchor falls to XOF88,000

27 September 2022, Published under Cement News

The Regional Consumer Council (CRC) of Ziguinchor (South), Senegal, set the sale price of cement at XOF88,000 (US$129.81)/t following a meeting with stakeholders. A bag of cement will be sold at XOF4400/t. The new price, which represents a XOF2000 decrease, will be applied through the Ziguinchor region and first displayed in the various cement distribution locations, according to Ousmane Ka, head of the regional trade department.

Empire Cement Factory under fire from local residents

23 September 2022, Published under Cement News

The Empire Cement Factory (ECF) in Ghana is coming under pressure from local residents who claim the company is failing to adhere to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) directive to cease operations. According to The Ghanaian Times, instead of halting operations, the plant is believed to have started production of cement “at an alarming and accelerated speed,” said Eddie Quaynor, chairman of the McCarthy Hill Residents’ Association in Accra. Three silos are believed to have be...

CEMENCO drops its cement prices

15 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Liberia-based CEMENCO has announced a drop in its cement prices. According to the company, the move is in keeping with recent action by the government of Liberia to adjust petroleum prices in the country. Effective from 13 September 2022, the new prices will be US$7.50 for CEM II/B-M 32.5R, US$8.10 for CEM II/B-M 42.5R, and US$9.50 for CEM II 52.5R. CEMENCO has said that a second price reduction may take place on 1 October this year.  Last week Liberia’s Ministry of Commerce announced a...

Dzata Cement calls for raw material VAT waiver

06 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Ghana-based Dzata Cement has urged the government to grant waivers on VAT charged on cement raw materials. According to the Managing Director of Dzata Cement, Nana Phillip Archer, instability in the local currency had significantly pushed up cement producers’ operating costs and this would result in cement producers passing on the cost to consumers as higher cement prices. Nana Archer said the company also paid fumigation levy on its imports, whereas vessels that brought in the semi-fi...

Ghana raises cement prices

05 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Ghana have risen to GHS73/50kg bag (US$7.30/50kg bag) as producers are forced to hike up prices due to the depreciation of the cedi. The resulting increase in raw material costs has caused a sudden rise in production costs, particularly from July this year, leading to the price increase, reports Pulse. According to Joy News, Ghacem ’s Extra brand is now selling at GHS72.9/50kg bag.

What's driving Nigerian cement demand?

02 September 2022, Published under Cement News

BUA Cement announced this week that it would seek finance from the International Finance Corp (IFC) for a 6Mta cement expansion of its Sokoto cement plant in Kalambaina, Nigeria. The aim is to make Nigerian cement production more sustainable and reduce the cost of the product, according to BUA Cement. But what other drivers have continued to bolster cement capacity growth in the west African country? While domestic demand has been growing rapidly and caused cement prices to spiral upward, t...

BUA Cement looks to finance 6Mta expansion project

31 August 2022, Published under Cement News

BUA Cement is in talks with US-based International Finance Corporation (IFC) to raise funds through a loan to expand its cement facility, the company said in a statement to the Nigerian stock exchange. The funding aims to expand the capacity of the company’s integrated cement plant in Kalambaina, Sokoto , to 8Mta from 2Mta and develop other ancillary utilities. In a recent statement, BUA Cement Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, said that the ongoing projects will be completed in 2023 t...

Fuel and power costs soar in Nigeria

17 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement and BUA Cement spent a combined NGN173.54bn (US$413.8m) on fuel and power in the first half of 2022, up 38.3 per cent on the same period a year earlier. Fuel and power accounted for 41.3 per cent of the total cost of sales reported by the two cement firms over the six-month period, according to Nairametrics. Taking each company in turn, Dangote spent NGN129bn on fuel and power in the first half of 2022, up 31.3 per cent YoY, causing the cost of sales to advance by 16.8 ...

BUA Cement achieves net revenue of NGN188.6bn in 1H22

05 August 2022, Published under Cement News

BUA Cement reported net revenue in the 1H22 up 51.7 per cent to NGN188.6bn from NGN124.3bn (US$452m), compared to the corresponding period ended June 2021. This included added volumes for the new line 4 at Sokoto . EBITDA increased by 49.7 per cent to NGN87.5bn from NGN58.4bn comprard to the 1H21. EBITDA margin fell marginally by 0.6 percentage points to 46.4 per cent from 47 per cent, in June 2021. Profit after tax rose 41.4 per cent to NGN61.4bn from NGN43.4bn, in the 1H21. Cement v...