By Ojo Manager, Portharcout
Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Dangote Group
The Dangote group has concluded plans to remodel the long abandoned Onne Port terminal at the cost of $28.25 million USD, while other companies in the complex undertake other aspects of the intervention.
Port Manager of Onne Port, The Port Manager (PM), Alhassan Abubakar, said the efforts of the Nigeria Ports Authority to bring the Onne Port to the desired state of high traffic of variety of vessels has began to pay dividends as it has successfully berthed the first gearless container vessel on its jetty.
According to him the feat was worth celebrating; “Onne Port on December 8, 2019, successful berthed a Maersk Line Vessel, JPO VOLANS at WACT berth 8.
“The first gearless and largest container vessel (LOA of 265.07 metres) to call any Eastern Ports of Nigeria. The vessel has a Dead Weight tonnage of 50, 334.4 with a grass registered tonnage of 41, 225 and arrival draft of 9.8 metres.”
“The berthing of the JPO VOLANS was indeed an achievement for Onne Port and Nigerian Ports Authority in general.”
“The facility established for importation of cement had been abandoned since late 90s after federal government banned importation of cement. It then got dilapidated. Because Dangote has build its local production capacity, it is now able to export cement,” he said, adding:
“At completion of the remodeling, from this first quarter of 2020, we expect the Dangote Group to export 2 Million Metric Tons of Clinker per annum from Onne Port. Clinker is almost 95% Cement. All you need is add a few inputs and you have cement. The company is also expected to import 0.75Milliom Metric Tonnes of Gypsum.”
He also disclosed that Indorama, is expanding its terminal at same Port to “meet up its growing Bulk Urea Export from its Eleme Petrochemical facility. The Urea Export currently over 800mmt per annum is projected to hit 2million tons by 2022”