In 2018, Dangote Cement Group began construction on a cement plant in western Niger’s Keita region, close to Tahoua.
According to Niger’s Ministry of Industry, the 275 million US dollar plant’s construction work was to involve establishing a 100-megawatt coal power plant and was anticipated to take 26 months to complete.
Niger imported 80% of its cement from neighboring Nigeria and Benin in 2018; the plant, which was to have an annual capacity of 2.5 million t, was expected to lower the price of cement.
On October 9, 2018, Niamey granted the local subsidiary of Dangote Cement permission to research coal and related substances on four permits in the Agadez as well as Tahoua regions.
According to a government statement, the company agreed to spend $2 million over the next three years on each permit. Moreover, it agreed to offer annual funding for collective infrastructure for each of the sites holding the permits, totaling up to $50,000.
With a record fertility rate of 7.6 children per woman, Niger has the highest population increase among the world’s poorest countries.
Reported on June 21, 2014
Dangote to build a US $421.35 million cement plant in Niger
Dangote Cement is building a 421.35 million, cement factory in Niger which will be capable of producing 1 million tonnes of cement per year.
President Mahamadou Issoufou formally launched the building work on the factory at Keita, around 600 km (375 miles) northeast of the capital Niamey and the project is expected to take 18 months.
Dangote Cement is owned by Africa’s richest man Dangote with a personal fortune of $25 billion. The company is fully integrated and has projects and operations in Nigeria and 14 other African countries. Dangote Cement’s current total production capacity in Nigeria from its three existing cement plants namely is 20.25MMTPA.
The company saw its 2013 profits increase by 40 percent to 190.76 billion nairas ($1.16 billion), from 135.64 billion nairas a year earlier.
Niger, with a fast-growing population of 17 million people, is one of the world’s poorest countries. It has some of the lowest government revenues per capita in Africa despite the start of oil production in 2011.
Niger has just one cement factory currently. Built-in 1964, it produces 540,000 tonnes a year and is a joint venture between the government and private partners.