Dangote Cement eyes new plant in Tanzania

05 November 2014

Dangote Cement has applied for a licence to build a 75 MW coal-fired plant in Tanzania that would power a $500-million cement factory now under construction.

Dangote Cement plans plants across Africa to reach an annual capacity of 62-million tonnes by 2017.

But any corporate expansion plan in Africa must contend with power shortages, which are common across the continent.

All the electricity would be “used to run the plant and machinery for the manufacture of cement, utilities and housing colony”, Tanzania’s Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) said.

The factory Dangote is constructing in southern Tanzania is scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2015. With an annual capacity of 3 million tonnes, it will supply Tanzania’s domestic market and export to landlocked nations in the region.

Cement makers in east Africa’s second-biggest economy include Tanzania Portland Cement, which 69.3% owned by a subsidiary of Germany’s Heidelberg Cement AG ; Tanga Cement, 62.5% owned by Afrisam Mauritius Investment Holdings Limited; and Mbeya Cement, 62.76% owned by France’s Lafarge SA.

By: Reuters

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