Dangote Cement Plc, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, has disclosed plan to commence mining its own coal at Ankpa of Kogi State in Nigeria by end of 2016. The company also said that due to acute gas shortages in the country following disruptions occasioned by militancy in the Niger Delta region, it has switched its plant lines to coal to minimize cost and increase margin. The Group assures that the quality of the coal to be mined by the company would be of high quality and good enough to be used 100 per cent without blending. Dangote Cement has started using locally purchased coal blended with imported one to assure optimal quality. Two coal mills at its Obajana Cement factory became operational in July. Other coal mills will resume operation by the end of September. Klin fuel is the major cost of cement production and Dagnote group margins are affected by the mix of fuel in Nigerian klin. Dangote Cement factories in Tanzania and Congo are expected to commence full operation during the second half of the year, H2. The Group’s financial highlights for the first half, H1, showed 20.6 per cent growth in revenue to N292.2 billion; Group’s cement volume was up 59.6 per cent to almost 13.0Mt.