Dangote Cement group has started to build a cement plant in Niger. The construction is expected to take 26 months and be ready by end of 2020 at a cost of USD 275 million.
To be located in Keita, near Tahoua, in western Niger, the cement plant will have an annual capacity of 2.5 million tons. It will also include a 100-megawatt coal power plant, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry.
Currently, Niger is dependent on cement imports to meet local demand. The country imports 80% of its cement from neighboring Nigeria and Benin. The new plant by Dangote is expected to help Niger reduce its dependency on imports while also reduce cement prices in the country.
Meanwhile Dangote Cement’s local subsidiary has conducted a research on “coal and related substances” on four permits in the Agadez and Tahoua regions. Dangote Cement is expected to invest $2million on each permit over the next three years and also provide finance for collective infrastructure worth up to $ 50,000 per year for each of the areas hosting the permits.
More about Africa’s cement capacities and production will be highlighted at CMT’s 11th Africa CemenTrade Summit on 28-29 March, 2019 in Marrakech.