Nigerian cement tycoon Abdulsamad Rabiu signs power plant deal with Finland’s Wartsila Oyj Abp

BUA Group has signed an agreement with the Finland-based construction company Wartsila Oyj Abp to build a 70-megawatt dual-fuel power plant for the BUA Cement Sokoto Line-4 — a 3-million metric-tonne-per-year cement plant in Sokoto, Nigeria. 

Wartsila Oyj Abp is a Finnish company that manufactures and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets. It trades internationally as Wartsila Corporation.

The deal with BUA Group is projected to be implemented by the end of 2022. It will be the second power plant to be constructed by the Nigeria-based cement manufacturer, The Sun reported.

The plant will guarantee a seamless power supply and accelerate production at the group’s Sokoto cement factory. Wartsila earlier constructed BUA Group’s Sokoto Line-3 plant, which will be commissioned in November. 

“BUA Cement is happy and pleased with the progress that Wartsila made with the construction of the power plant we initially purchased for our BUA Cement Sokoto Line-3, which we expect will begin commissioning by November alongside the power plant,” BUA Group Chairman Abdul Samad Rabiu said.

The Nigerian billionaire is the founder of the cement behemoth. It is the country’s second largest cement maker in Nigeria following Dangote Cement.

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