African Tycoon Aliko Dangote Outlines $16bn Investment Push
By m rochan | December 13, 2013 11:01 PM EST
Dangote Group, the Nigerian industrial conglomerate controlled by Africa's wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote, said it proposes to invest up to $16bn (£9.8bn, €11.6bn) over the next four years to expand its footprint across the African continent.
The investments would help the Lagos-based company grow by almost a third in 2014, said Dangote, who is worth $22.1bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
A part of the funds would be directed to build a natural gas-fired power plant that would provide more electricity to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, which suffers a huge power deficit.
"We are investing $4.7bn to finish our projects in cement in about 18 countries, including Nigeria," Dangote, the company's president, told Bloomberg.
"We are also spending about $2.3bn on agriculture, which is sugar and rice."
"We are going to do a backward integration for rice by growing the crop as well as distributing it. We think Nigeria can be self sufficient in rice in the next three to four years," Dangote said.
"The only new investment we are looking at is upstream - to look for gas to secure our future businesses. We want to step in and make gas available, and this will translate into more stable power in the country," Dangote added.
"We are very, very optimistic for 2014 - we are expecting average growth of 30% groupwide."
In September, the tycoon, who made his fortune selling cement, flour and sugar, signed a $3.3bn deal with banks to finance the construction of a $9bn oil refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser plant on Nigeria's Atlantic coast.
The project, the continent's largest, is expected to be operational in 2016.
Dangote Sugar, which is eyeing exports to Liberia, Senegal and Mauritania in 2014 year, could increase sugar cane production and almost double refining capacity to 2.75 million tonnes by 2017, chief executive Abdullahi Sule said in August.
Dangote Cement, Africa's biggest manufacturer of the building material, said in April it would double annual output to 55 million metric tonnes by 2015, on the back of new production in Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia.
Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer, but imports most of its fuel as it lacks refining capacity.
Meanwhile, a supply of 4,000 megawatts of electricity in Nigeria provides power to only 40 million Nigerians, leaving the remaining 120 million in darkness.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Top 5 Richest Tennis Athletes
- Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Heads to Malta For New Movie After A Whirlwind French Wedding [PHOTOS]
- 2014 US Open Update (Day 4 - Men's Singles): Murray, Djokovic, Raonic and Isner Advance to 3rd Round [PHOTOS]
- Kate Middleton’s Mom Accused Of Being A Social Climber, Prince George Not Seen By Relatives
Join the Conversation
- Malaysia Airlines to Axe 4,000 Employees, Including CEO; Suspends Trading of Shares
- Floyd Mayweather Gets Investment Advice from Warren Buffett What to Do With Millions
- Former U.S. VP Al Gore Backs Ovo Energy by Investing £8 Million Before IPO
- Study Shows Gap Between What Advisors Say and What Resonates with Investors
- Apple iWatch is iPhone 6 Accessory on Sept 19 Release Date: 6 Confirmed Specs & Features
- iPhone 6 Release Date Update: 4.7-Inch Model Scores 65.8% In Screen-To-Size Ratio; A Surprise Entry Scales Top Spot [List Attached]
- Canada Vs Russia War Erupts Via Twitter on Russia-Not Russia Maps
- Product Recall Alert: Hewlett-Packard Pulls Out 6M Power Cords from US, Canada Over Fire Hazard Concerns, Australia Also Affected
- ISIS Wants $6.6M and Release of Aafia Siddiqui in Exchange of Head of Female US Humanitarian Aid Worker, 1st American Fighting for Jihadis Dead
- Ukraine Ceasefire Looks Remote As Putin Talks Tough At Meeting With Poroshenko
- Windows 9 To Include Interactive Live Tiles and Notification Center in Metro 2.0