Dangote Cement is set to commission and commence operations on its $1 billion production plant, which has been completed in Okpella, Edo state.
The plant, which sits on a 1000-hectare land has the capacity to produce six million Metric Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA).
It is expected to boost cement production in the state, in line with the current administration’s plan to diversify the economy and attract investments into its productive sectors.
The plant is powered with a 60MW power plant produced at the site, which is connected to the Benin-Abuja Expressway with a 7.5km road constructed by Dangote Cement. It was built by Sinoma International Engineering Company, one of the world’s largest cement engineering system integration suppliers.
Patrick Omokagbo, director, Stakeholder Management, Dangote Cement Plc, said the construction of the plant had the input of the local community, as engineers, technicians, and other members of the community worked on the project till its completion.
“About 1,500 local workers joined the Chinese engineers on the project, while the plant is expected to employ not less than 6,000 persons when it commences operations,” he said.
Source: Business Day