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Dangote Cement plant in Ethiopia set to begin commercial production in May

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According to The Reporter, the Dangote Cement plant in Ethiopia (Dangote Cement Ethiopia Plc) is almost complete and will begin test production at the end of March, with commercial products expected to enter the market at the end of April, early May.

The plant is situated in West Shoa Zona, near Muger, about 85 km west of Addis Ababa. Production capacity is 2.5 million tpy of cement, making it the biggest cement plant in the East Africa region. The plant will produce OPC, PPC and special cement for dam construction.

Sinoma International was responsible for the construction of the plant, which began in March 2012. The machinery for the plant is reported to come from Germany, Sweden and Italy.

Teshome Lemma, the Country General Manager of Dangote Cement, told The Reporter that the plant is made up of ‘state-of-the-art latest cement technology…and it produces a world class cement that can be sold anywhere in the world’. He added that the cement plant is environmentally friendly, having the latest pollution control technology. Once the plant is operational in will create 3000 direct and indirect jobs for Ethiopian nationals.

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