NIGERIA – Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) has revealed plans to upgrade their Numan refinery’s processing capacity from the current 4,800 tons of cane per day (TCD) to 6,000 TCD by the end of 2023 and subsequently to 15,000 TCD. 

DSR Numan refinery is located in Apapa and is the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa according to Dangote Sugar Group.  

It was the first sugar refinery built in Nigeria, with an initial refining capacity of 600,000 metric tonnes per annum. 

Dangote noted that the ambitions expansion plans were in accordance with the National Sugar Development Master Plan the company committed to in 2012. 

The announcement was made during a media tour of the company in Numan, in the presence of the Dangote Group General Manager of Operations, Bello Dan-Musa, the Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Numan, Mr. Sylvain Judex, and the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote. 

According to Judex, the upgrading the sugar refinery will also  enable it to generate 32 megawatts of electricity from the installation of new turbines and two high-pressure boilers, each capable of producing 90 onnes of steam per hour. 

In his speech, he highlighted how the Dangote Group took over the business, which was in a dilapidated state, on a 32,000-hectare property in Numan in 2002 and transformed it significantly as a result of continuous expansion efforts. 

Judex also emphasized that their approach to environmentally friendly expansion aligns with top-notch environmental standards, ensuring zero environmental pollution while simultaneously generating more than 7,000 job opportunities for Nigerians. 

He also expressed enthusiasm for their efforts to increase their Out-growers farmers’ scheme numbers from 1,000 to 2,000 in the next five years. 

“Our Out-growers’ farmers are benefiting greatly from what the company is providing them,” he noted. 

 “We are in business to make the prosperity of our community, and everybody will be carried along. We are not in business to make profits.” 

 With this expansion in place, he hinted that it would create job opportunities through Public-Private Partnerships for the people of the state, as the company covers five Local Government Authorities (LGAs) of Lamurde, Numan, Guyuk, Shelleng, and Demsa. 

Aliko Dangote, the President of the Dangote Group, concluded by noting that once the BIP projects are complete, his sugar company will be able to create about three hundred thousand direct and indirect jobs, with positive multiplier effects on the national economy.