Nigeria: Institute to Begin Local Production of Cement

The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has disclosed that it has concluded arrangements to begin the production of alternative cement,Pozzolana, to replace the conventional Portland cement.

This was made known by the Director General of the institute Professor Danladi Slim Matawal during a media interaction to with journalists in Abuja.

He said, "We promised this country that we're going to produce a potent alternative to Portland cement. We set out to achieve our goals. Today, as we speak, we have installed the machines. What is remaining for them to be test- run is simply an electricity extension. We have built the workshop.

"The major thing is to test- run. The machine should work and should produce; we want to produce an environmentally friendly alternative for Portland cement. We call it alternative cement but it is not 100% alternative because we're looking at affordability. It is used in partial replacement of cement. We call it NBRRI cement."

Matawal said that once the pilot plant commences production, it targets the capacity of 2,000 to 5,000 bags per day.

"We are not supposed to produce, we're only supposed to research build capacity of our entrepreneurs to produce new innovations we bring into the market.

"But basically, what we're going to aim at is to invite investors. We presented this during the Senior Manufacturer's Association of Nigeria (SEMAN), workshop, to tell them that we're setting up a pilot plant which is going to be an option for affordable housing, cheaper roads and infrastructure. We invited them to come and partner with us and commercialize it," he added.
 

Source : allafrica.com

Posted on :30 Nov,-0001

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