Ashaka Cement to Inaugurate N11 Billion 16-Megawatt Power Plant
Ashaka Cement Company, a subsidiary of Lafarge Africa Plc in it bid to improve Nigeria’s energy problem is set to inaugurate a 16-megawatt power plant.
The Managing Director of Ashaka Cement, Rabiu Abdullah Umar, while speaking with journalists during the 2018 award ceremony for the company’s distributors, said the cement company spent N11 billion on the project, which began in 2017.
Umar noted that the power plant will release additional megawatts to the national grid, create employment opportunities, boost operational efficiency and tackle the high energy cost of the largest industry in Nigeria’s northeast.
According to Umar, “last year, we started our power plant, which is an N11 billion project, and we will inaugurate the project soon, signaling the end to the use of generators for our operations. So, we are helping to remove ourselves from the demand for energy, and providing our own solution, which means a minimum of 16 megawatts of electricity, will now become available to the public grid for the people in the region to enjoy from. The power plant is our biggest plan aimed at reducing our costs.”
Speaking on the award presentation, Umar said “we are grateful for the loyalty of our customers through the years which has allowed us to improve performance year on year. Lafarge Africa is keen on investing in Ashaka. The power plant, infrastructure, and cement capacity are all testament to this commitment. We are celebrating a good year and look forward to even better collaboration in 2019”.
The Country Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Africa, Michel Puchercos, who also spoke at the award ceremony, said he was grateful to all the distributors for their remarkable performance in keeping the Lafarge range of products among the top brands in the market.