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Dangote Cement’s Senegalese plant officially open

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Dangote Cement has held the official opening ceremony for its new US$310 million plant in Senegal. The plant, which has the capacity to produce 1.5 million tpy of cement, is believed to be the country’s biggest single investment by an African investor. Commercial production began in January after the plant was commissioned in December.

The plant is in Pout, about 75 km from Dakar. It will export cement by rail to the surrounding countries of Mali and Gambia, and also has plans to export to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In its annual report for 2014, Dangote Cement reported that Senegal has averaged 3.8% growth in GDP since 2004. The cement market has two other cement producers with a total of 6.5 million t. Growth in cement consumption has averaged around 6% since 2010, amounting to about 3 million t in 2013. Dangote Cement reported that it considers Senegal as an important long-term strategic resource, given that it has good reserves of limestone in a region notably lacking in cement raw material resources.

The Dangote plant will produce 42.5-grade cement.

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