Nigerian Billionaire to invest US$ 400m into Cement Plant

Africa’s richest man, Nigerian Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $400m in a cement plant in Kenya, the east African nation’s president’s office said. Dangote owns various businesses under the umbrella company of Dangote Group, among them, Dangote Cement, which said in May it was investing US$ 5bn to build cement plants on the African continent. He was part of a business delegation that was visiting Kenya with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. The countries signed bilateral deals in sectors including tourism, agriculture and oil and gas.

“(President Uhuru Kenyatta) particularly cited the … the decision by Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote to invest US$ 400m in a cement processing plant as an indicator that an “exciting journey has begun”,” Kenyatta’s office said in a statement yesterday. The statement did not give details on timelines, or the plant’s capacity. There was no immediate comment from the company. Dangote Cement, Africa’s biggest, said earlier this year it would expand its pan-African production capacity to 55 million tonnes by 2016, without giving a comparable figure.

Other countries the cement company has previously said it planned to venture into include Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zambia, Tanzania, Senegal and South Africa. Cement companies already operating in Kenya include Bamburi Cement, ARM Cement and East African Portland Cement. Kenya produced 412 529 tonnes of cement in July, up from 402 621 tonnes a month earlier, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Cement consumption stood at 332 009 tonnes, from 341 942 tonnes a month earlier.

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