By Meraf Leykun
Somalilandsun – National Cement S.C (NCSC), located in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, has started exporting cement to neighboring Djibouti and Somaliland.
National Cement, the previously state owned Dire Dawa Cement Factory, commenced export after it began production with its full capacity following completion of expansion at a cost of 2 billion Ethiopian birr.
According to Sisay Kebede, National Cement’s Assistant General Manager, the plant has managed to increase its production capacity to 45, 000 quintals per day from 500 quintals before its expansion.
National Cement is also planning to export its product to other neighboring countries soon, Sisay indicated.
The company is currently supplying cement for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a government hydro-electric power plant on the blue Nile river in Ethiopia.