Nigeria: The cement sub-sector of the Nigerian economy received a further boost on 11 June 2012 when President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the new 5.25Mt/yr Dangote Cement Obajana Plant Line 3. The plant launch is part of the nation's drive to 'free itself' from foreign cement imports.
With the commissioning of the new line, the production capacity of the Obajana Plant will be raised to 10.25Mt/yr. In 2015 a fourth line will be completed, giving a combined production capacity of 13.25Mt/yr. This would make it the largest cement plant in the global cement industry.
The line 3 launch follows the commissioning of Dangote's 6Mt/yr Ibese plant. The company aims to lead the way in the Nigerian cement market and have sufficient material left over for export.
With the continuous expansion of the existing plants in the country and its operations across 14 other African countries, Dangote Cement will remain one of the largest producers in Africa and the world. The company said that the inauguration marked a milestone not only for the company but also for Nigeria, pointing out that the Obajana project will make Dangote Cement the 'power house of cement in Africa.'
Group President Alhaji Aliko Dangote has previously said that Dangote Cement would soon start to convert its import terminals for export terminals in readiness for exportation of its excess capacity to neighbouring countries.