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BUA cement plant, Nigeria, on track for 2014 commissioning

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A 3 million t cement plant in Edo State, Nigeria, is said to be on track for commissioning early next year. The US$500 million plant is owned by the BUA Group, which announced the plant’s progress at a signing ceremony for a US$35 million contract with Siemens. According to the group’s chairman, 70% of the plant equipment is onsite and ‘the pace of work by Julius Berger (the contractor) is very comprehensive and impressive’.

Siemens is supplying a new gas turbine power plant to Edo Cement Company. The three SGT-500 turbines, manufactured by Siemens Industrial Turbo Machinery AB, have a total capacity of ~45 MW.

BUA Cement commenced operation in September 2008 with Nigeria’s first floating cement terminal, designed for bulk and bag unloading. With expansions at Sokoto Cement and Edo Cement and work on another bagging plant, the company plans to capture a larger market share in the country. Recently, however, Nigeria has faced overcapacity as new production lines come on stream and imports continue. The government is working on a plan with manufacturers to help support the domestic industry.

Edited from various sources by Katherine Guenioui.

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