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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Obu Cement, CCNN to merge as BUA Group consolidates - ITREALMS

To consolidate position as one of the largest cement conglomerates on the continent, BUA Group’s Obu Cement Company plc has merged with Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN), reports ITREALMS.

Disclosing this in a filing to regulators, BUA also revealed its newest 3 million metric tonnes cement plant which it started constructing in 2018 worth $450million dollars, the Sokoto Kalambaina II plant, which is scheduled for completion in H2, 2020.
ITREALMS gathered that with this addition of the Sokoto Kalambaina II plant, this will bring BUA Cement’s total installed capacity across all its cement holdings to 11 million MTPA.

Commenting, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman of BUA Group, said that this consolidation marks the culmination of the first phase of the BUA mid-term strategic plan for its cement businesses, which currently include four cement plants spread across Obu Cement Company and the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria. A new $450million Sokoto Kalambaina II Plant is scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2020 alongside another 48MW power plant to complement the existing assets and take advantage of a growing cement market in Northern Nigeria and the West African region, Rabiu said.

“This consolidation will cement BUA’s position as the second largest cement producer in Nigeria whilst also positioning it to take advantage of the combined synergies to effectively serve Northern and Southern Nigeria based on the strategic locations of these plants – as well as a sizeable export market. “We intend to continue creating value for the benefit of shareholders of the consolidated company by maintaining our focus on outperforming the Nigerian cement industry across key indices through a laserlike commitment to excellent products and service delivery, operational efficiency as well as maintaining our leadership position in our home markets,” Rabiu also said.

Analysts predict that this will put BUA Cement in a stronger position to compete even better and explore export opportunities in neighboring countries.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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