Targets 70mMt by 2020
By Franklin Ocheneyi
Dangote Cement Plc has emerged the eleventh largest cement producers in the world going by its integrated installed capacity of 45.8 million metric tonnes per annum (mm/a) from its ten operational plants in Africa.
The company is still investing several billion dollars to build manufacturing plants and import/grinding terminals across Africa and by 2020 it plans to have more than 70mmt/a capacity across Africa and beyond.
Investigations by Nigeria Industrial Digest revealed that following the official commission of its 1.5mmt/a cement plant in the Republic of the Congo, Dangote Cement’s total output is now peaking at 45.8mmt/a; of this figure, its Nigerian operations (Obajana, Ibese and Gboko) accounts for 29.5mmt/a while the plants in nine other countries are contributing 16.3mmt/a.
Nigeria Industrial Digest‘s check further revealed that the top 10 global cement producers in 2016/17 are as follows:
LafareHolcim 368.5mmt/a. China-based Anhui Conch follows with 217.20mmt/a; CNBM occupies the third place with 176.22mmt/a while Heidelberg cement in Europe is 4th on the global chart with 129.1mmt/ar. Cemex, a cement manufacturer in Southern China is the fifth largest cement producer in the world with 94mmt/a, followed by Italcementi 80mmt/a. Other
Others are CRC 78. 3mmt/a. Taiwan Cement is next with 69mmt/a; Eurocement 50mmt/a; China Shanshui Cement Group Limited occupies the 10th position with an annual production of 53mmt/a, and Votorantin 45.2mmt/a.
The new entrant in the league is Nigeria’s Dangote Cement 45.8mmt/a. Dangote Cement’s capacity surpassed Votorantin’s by 600,000metric tonnes, to retain the 11th position on the global chart.
In his speech during the commissioning ceremony of the 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum cement plant built at a cost of $300 million in the Republic of the Congo, the President of Dangote Group, Alike Dangote, said at the end of May 2017, total production capacity of Dangote Cement across Africa stood at 45.8 million MT per annum.
He said that the company aims to be among the top ten producers of cement in the world by 2020.
“The Dangote Cement Plant that we commissioned today is the largest cement plant in Congo-Brazzaville in terms of installed production capacity. With the commissioning of the plant, we become also the largest integrated cement producer in the CEMAC region comprising Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and now, the Republic of the Congo.
“It is our hope that our plant will help to reduce and eventually replace cement imports into Congo-Brazzaville and these other countries. More importantly, it is also our hope that this project we commissioned today, will further cement the existing cordial ties between our two countries—the Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.
“As we all know, cement is one of the basic inputs in infrastructure development. For Africa, a continent, which faces severe infrastructural deficits, the need for local self-sufficiency in cement production cannot be over-emphasised. We believe that this can help in bridging the infrastructure deficit and contribute to accelerating the development of the continent.
“As part of our quest to propel Africa towards achieving self-sufficiency in cement production, we decided to embark on this project, not only here in Congo-Brazzaville, but also in 14 other African countries including Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and of course, our home country, Nigeria.”