Calabar - The United Cement Company of Nigeria (UNICEM) on Thursday disclosed
that the construction of its N84 billion second line production plant
had begun in Cross River.
Olivier Lenoir, Managing Director of
UniCem, disclosed this in Calabar.
He said that the intention was to meet the growing demand for cement in
He said that the investment was intended to meet the new 2.5 million metric
tonnes state-of-the-art cement line project in Calabar.
According to him, this will double UniCem’s existing capacity to five
million metric tonnes per annum by 2016.
Lenoir said that UniCem was poised to consolidate its position ``as
Nigeria’s third largest manufacturer”.
He said the project had a lot of economic and social benefits including
the creation of direct and indirect employment, growth of local economy and
“Cement demand in the country has continued to grow nationally and
regionally (South South and South East), the demand is currently growing
at about 12 percent per annum.''
“UniCem is getting technical expertise and support for the project from its
shareholders who are global cement majors,’’ he said.
Lenoir said that the N5 billion 20- kilometre cement evacuation road, which
the company was currently building, would serve as support infrastructure to
cater for the expected traffic increase.
Lenoir said the road project would reduce the movement of articulated vehicles
within the Calabar metropolis when the project is completed.-
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