Dangote Cement’s Sales Jump 6.2%, Slashes Cost In Q3 With Green Fuel
Dangote Cement has turned to green fuel as it revved up sales by 6.2 percent to 20.8metric tons, undetterred by the quickening inflation that has ravaged the global environment.
Green fuel also known as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has enabled the Cement firm to slash production costs, ploughing the savings to further increase the supply of cement across its operational base.
The development has also seen the company commissioning its power plant at Okpella and is progressing well to deploy grinding plants in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos disclosed while presenting the third quarter results to the Nigerian Stock Exchange over the weekend, explaining that “To mitigate the impact of the significant increase in energy and AGO costs, we are strengthening our efforts to ramp up the usage of alternative fuels.
“So far this year, we have co-processed 101,553 tonnes of waste representing a 77 percent increase over 9M 2021. We are on track to commission our Alternative Fuel feed system at Obajana lines I and V, and Ibese line II in November. In addition, we are ramping up our investment in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), to reduce our AGO usage”
To that end, he explained that the company recorded an increase in revenue of ₦1,177.3 billion, up 15.2 per cent compared to last year, and Group EBITDA of ₦515.9biliion up 0.2 per cent with an EBITDA margin of 43.8 per cent”
It would be recalled that the firm is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 51.6Mta capacity across Africa.
A fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer, it has a production capacity of 35.25Mta in its home market, Nigeria. Obajana plant in Kogi state, Nigeria, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines while the Ibese plant in Ogun State has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta.
The Gboko plant in Benue state has 4Mta while the Okpella plant in Edo state has 3Mta. Through recent investments, Dangote Cement has eliminated Nigeria’s dependence on imported cement and has transformed the nation into an exporter of cement serving neighbouring countries.