Dangote Cement Plc, Giant Cement Manufacturer said it has begun the construction of a new three million metric tonnes per annum capacity cement grinding plant in Cote d’Ivoire, Footprint to Africa reports.
Dangote Group Executive Director, Strategy, Projects and Portfolio Management, Devakumar Edwin, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the Cote d’Ivoire project would cost the company $200million and would be completed in 18 months.
The Director said the project sitting on over 60 hectares of land, next to the New Industrial Park in Yongbon, a city just outside of Abidjan, the nation’s capital has triggered a lot of interest from both the government and people of Cote d Ivoire.
The grinding plant, made up of two lines of 1.5 million metric tonnes capacity each, when completed, will more than double the total capacity of local cement production in the francophone West African nation, as the plant would raise total local cement production capacity of the country by over 100 per cent.
The plant when completed will utilise power off the grid and provide direct and indirect jobs for over 3,000 people from within Cote d’Ivoire and other West African countries.
Edwin affirmed that upon completion, Nigerian experts would be deployed to carryout initial training of local manpower and skill transfer.
The project is being undertaken by Ayoki Fabricon, a mechanical and civil engineering company based in Pune, India, while Tyssen Krupp, a German steel firm is also a sub-contractor.
Ayoki which was established in 1984 has been involved in fabrication, erection and commissioning of cement, power, sugar, boiler, distillery and material handling projects both in India and abroad.