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Dangote Cement to deploy grinding plants in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire

By Helen Oji
02 August 2022   |   2:43 am
To ensure that cement becomes available in all African countries, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos, has said that the company is ramping up production in its Okpella

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To ensure that cement becomes available in all African countries, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos, has said that the company is ramping up production in its Okpella plant, in Nigeria and progressing well to deploy grinding plants in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will join the list of African countries where the company operates when the grinding plants finally become operational. Cameroon (1.5Mta clinker grinding), Congo (1.5Mta), Ghana (1.5Mta import), Ethiopia (2.5Mta), Senegal (1.5Mta), Sierra Leone (0.5Mta import), South Africa (2.8Mta), Tanzania (3.0Mta), Zambia (1.5Mta).

Similarly, the cement firm on Monday announced, for the second quarter of 2022 a group revenue of N808 billion for the half year ended June 31, 2022, even as winners have started to emerge from the ongoing bag of goodies season 3 promo.

According to the cement company’s results made available on the website of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), revenue rose by 17 per cent, compared to N690.55 billion recorded in 2021.

Dangote Cement reported a group sales volume of 14.2Mt, consisting of 9.3 Mt done by Nigerian operations, while the balance was contributed by operations in other African countries.

Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos, speaking on the result said: “Despite the elevated inflation due to a very volatile global environment, the first half of 2022 has been positive. We recorded increases in revenue and EBITDA that drove strong cash generation across the Group. We recorded revenue of ₦808.0 billion up 17 per cent compared to last year and Group EBITDA of ₦373.2Billion, up 6.3 per cent with an EBITDA margin of 46.2 per cent.”

Puchercos explained that a significant increase in energy and AGO costs are impacting negatively the production and supply of cement products.

He added, “To drive consumer engagement and support demand ahead of the rainy season; we have commenced the 3rd season of our National Consumer Promotion – “Bag of Goodies 3”. On the operational side, we are ramping up production at our Okpella plant and are progressing well to deploy grinding plants in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.”

He stated that the volatile international context is strengthening the firm’s efforts to ramp up the usage of alternative fuels and execution of an export-to-import strategy.

The company, according to him, is reducing dependence on imported inputs and making the local markets self-sufficient.

“Our continuous focus on efficiency, meeting market demand and maintaining our costs leadership drives our ability to consistently deliver superior profitability and value to all shareholders” he added.