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Dangote Cement to start cement production in Tanzania

The factory at Mtwara region can produce three million tonnes of cement annually. (Image source: AndreasLevers/Flickr)

Dangote Cement will begin production from its US$500mn factory in southern Tanzania in August 2015

The factory has a capacity of three million tonnes annually, and is expected to boost Tanzania’s annual output to six million tonnes. It is located in the country’s Mtwara region. Once complete, the cement factory will supply cement to nearby and landlocked nations in the region.

The Nigerian cement major has plans to diversify its market reach in the continent, stated a Reuters report.

However, the cement manufacturer is facing trouble finding a reliable source of power for the factory, added the report. Dangote Cement owner Aliko Dangote has had a meeting with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete where they discussed ways to overcome the issue. 

In 2014, Dangote Cement had applied for a license to build a 75MW coal-fired plant in the East African country that would power the cement production factory. However, the cement company will utilise power from the grid directly.

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