Dangote Ibese cement plant hits 16,000mt daily production
…As ANPE laments foreigners dominance of export sector
By ADEWALE SANYAOLU
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dangote

Two months after its commissioning, the Dangote Cement Plant in Ibese, Ogun State, has hit its expected daily production capacity of 16,000 metric tonnes. The development which may, afterall, signal an end to the importation of cement into the country, was disclosed yesterday by the Group Chief Executive, Dangote Cement, Mr. Daijeet Ghai, during a facility tour of the plant.

The Ibese Cement plant, which was commissioned on February 9, 2012, commenced production with a daily output of 12,000 metric tonnes, but it is designed with an installed capacity to produce 16,000 metric tonnes per day. The factory is a modern plant with an installed capacity of six million metric tonnes of cement per annum and currently ranks as the largest cement plant in sub-Sahara Africa.

The plant consists of two production lines of three million metric tonnes per annum each, and currently provides jobs for about 7,000 Nigerians. The Dangote boss, explained that the feat recorded by Dangote Ibese plant remained a remarkable achievement considering the fact, which the plant only came into operation in February and is now producing at full capacity.
“Ordinarily it is expected that a new plant cannot begin to produce at optimal capacity in two months. Production activity, especially for a new plant takes time before it begins to produce optimally,” he said.

Ghai explained that a number of factors were responsible for the remarkable achievement in a little time. And this, he attributed to the independent gas turbine power plant of the factory, which makes it non dependent of public power supply. It should be recalled that the President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, in February at the commissioning of the Ibese plant, had said that all its Nigerian cement plants have a combined figure of 20 million metric tonnes per annum, far above the 18 million annual estimated figure needed for local consumption.

Again, Ghai stressed that the aggressive expansion of its local production capacity of its plants is to ensure there is always adequate capacity to meet local demand and export so that Nigeria never again has to import cement to meet her requirements. The achievement, according to him, is the fruit of the Federal Government’s 2002 backward integration policy for the cement sector which was designed to transform Nigeria from net exporter to a self-sufficient nation and subsequent exporter of cement.

In addition, he said, the Ibese plant will substantially boost the supply of cement in the Nigeria market, while increased supply from the plant will help stabilize supply to the market and ultimately bring down market price of cement.

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