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Dangote Cement has formally opened its 1.5mtpa capacity cement plant in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville. The new plant, estimated at $300 million, is the biggest in the country.

Dangote opens plant in Congo BrazzavilleChairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, said his company was delighted to have completed the plant on schedule, pointing out that the addition of Dangote Cement’s 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum plant has more than doubled the total cement production capacity of Congo-Brazzaville. This now stands at 2.550 million metric tonnes per annum, far in excess of national demand.

“It is envisaged that this will contribute substantially to the availability and affordability of cement in the country and the Republic of the Congo will no longer need to depend on imports to bridge the gap between demand and supply,” he said at the opening of the plant.

“It is our hope that the inauguration of the plant will boost Congo’s economy, conserve foreign exchange that would otherwise have been spent on imports for the country, and create employment opportunities down the value chain.”

Dangote commended the Congolese government, noting that the bold economic reform measures put in place by President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s administration have been beneficial. “The construction industry, which is a major sector of the economy, is a beneficiary of his policies, and has been receiving the attention of investors. We believe that our investment will contribute to Congo-Brazzaville’s current economic renaissance under the leadership of President Nguesso.”

Without waiting to stabilise production at the new plant, Dangote Cement has already commenced CSR projects in the region, starting with the construction of a 30km road around Yamba. This project would have cost the local government approximately 240 million Central African Francs to execute. The company has also disbursed scholarships for students and is building a school and renovating a hospital within local communities.

“Apart from these, we have repaired a dilapidated bridge on a major highway at a cost of $300,000, to enable heavy duty vehicles to cross the bridge. As a policy, we also ensure that we give priority to qualified indigenes from our local host communities in our recruitment drive,” Dangote said at the opening of the plant.

Dangote Cement’s total production capacity across Africa stood at 45.8 million metric tonnes per annum, as of the end of May 2017, making it one of the biggest cement producers on the continent. The company aims to rank among the top 10 cement producers in the world by 2020.

Dangote Cement has plants in four African countries: Ethiopia, Zambia, Cameroun and Tanzania. The Congo-Brazzaville plant, which began operations in the third quarter of 2017, will be the fifth cement plant inaugurated in the last two years.

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