Dangote cement production plant in Douala on the banks of the Wouri River, has just received its first shipments of raw materials produced on a 27-hectare quarry in the Tombel district deep within the Kupe Munaneguba Division in the South West region. The plant which has a 5 year permission to operate has completed a two weeks production testing process.
Dangote Cement Cameroon wants to market 1.5 million tons of additional cement into the Cameroonian market. This will increase national domestic production to 3.6 million tonnes. Currently, the Moroccan Cimaf on the Cameroon market is 500 000 tonnes per year, added to the 1.6 million of Cimencam, a subsidiary of French Lafarge. However, domestic demand is estimated at 2.5 million tonnes per year.
The total cost of Dangote Cement Cameroon is estimated at CFAF 50 billion. Planned initially in January 2014 and August and October, the launch of operations in Cameroon was carried forward to January 2015 for technical reasons. For a start, the Dangote Group that has obtained a license to operate in Cameroon for a period of 5 years will employ 77 Cameroonians, 11 expatriates and around 250 temporary workers each month. The National Civil Engineering Laboratory (Labogenie) is presently working on the first products of Dangote Cement.