After years of development, we have established good business cooperation with many local quarries in Nigeria. To help more investors start their quarry business, in this article, I will share the Nigerian quarry market and develop solutions for material crushing.
As at the last count, the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development(MMSD) has discovered about 33 commercially available industrial minerals in Nigeria and granite is one of such industrial minerals. Granite is a very hard stone, and granite crushed stone is used as aggregate for building and construction purposes.
Nigeria is richly endowed with granite stone and other related solid minerals like marble, dolomite and basalt. It is found in Enugu, Ebonyi, Kogi, Plateau, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states. Hence, granite is among the most available and affordable building materials.
In 2017, the output of coal, metal ore and other solid minerals was 45.7 million tons. Ogun, Kogi and Federal Capital Territory, located in southern Nigeria, lead the other states with 23.3 million tons of output. The most solid minerals mined are granite, limestone and red clay, which are 17.5 tons, 14 tons and 3.7 tons respectively. Therefore, the granite aggregate crushing plant is the first choice for investment in the quarry.
As the infrastructure construction in western and southern Nigeria has been continuously accelerating and surpassing the output of granite, the aggregate supply gap has continued to expand. Especially under the commitment of the federal government, the development of infrastructure is expected to further expand the demand for granite aggregate, which is an important component of concrete.
Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in Nigeria. There are a lot of construction projects every day, but Lagos does not have granite. All real estate developers, contractors and civil engineering and construction companies will obtain granite aggregates from nearby towns. This has prompted Lagos to become Nigeria’s largest stone demand market. This has led to the rapid development of Abeokuta (Ogun State), Ibadan (Oyo State), Oshogbo(Osun State), Akure (Ondo State ), Ado Ekiti (Ekiti State) and Ilorin (Kwara State) quarries.
At present, nearly 30% of the quarries in Abeokuta (Ogun State) and Ibadan (Oyo State) are built by the Chinese themselves or in cooperation with the government. China’s aggregate processing equipment is extremely cost-effective and works well. However, as the market is close to saturation and competition in the same industry is relatively high, the prices of aggregates in these two regions are relatively low compared with other regions.
Ilorin (Kwara State) is located in western Nigeria, about 270 kilometers away from Lagos and Abuja, it takes about 5 hours to drive. The finished materials of the aggregate processing plant of the quarry here mainly meet the needs of local infrastructure construction. There are more Lebanese doing projects in the local area, and the supply of aggregate is in short supply. Therefore, the aggregate price in the local market is higher than that of Lagos.
After Abuja became the capital of Nigeria, there are many projects under construction here including the road network and railway network leading to the surrounding area. Abuja is located in the center of Nigeria. Due to the relatively slow economic development in the surrounding area, all the stone yards are set up by the contractor with the construction of major projects. Usually, they only supply their own projects under construction and do not sell them.
In recent years, the government has encouraged the localization of quarry operations and created more jobs. Locals have also begun to actively invest in quarries. Therefore, the demand for aggregates in Abuja will increase rapidly.
The demand for Abuja’s sand and crushed stone aggregates has increased rapidly. In addition to the road transportation network, more and more facilities such as downtown hotels and supermarkets are being built, and more and more companies are establishing offices in Abuja. Therefore, the demand for aggregates in this area is great.
Calabar, Enugu, Abia and Other Eastern Cities Become New Markets
From the very beginning, the local government strictly restricted foreign investment in quarries, but to build Port Harcourt into an international shipping port like Apapa Quay, and to build Calabar into an internationally renowned tourist resort city.
It will also quickly grow into a huge demand and production market for stone materials.
The quarry processes the rock into granite crushed stone (gravel) aggregate, including coarse aggregate, fine aggregate and sand. The size of stone output ranges from ¾ inch to less than ½ inch, all of which are standard sizes in the construction industry.
The processing equipment required to build a completed aggregate factory includes jaw crushers, vibrating feeders, cone crushers and vibrating screens and belt conveyors. Other auxiliary equipment are excavators, wheel loaders, air compressors, dump trucks, generators and truck scales.
According to local market conditions, most of Nigeria’s quarries are large and medium-sized aggregate processing lines of 100-300TPH. We designed 4 different quarry aggregate processing design schemes. For investors’ reference.
- 100-150 T/H Granite Crushing Plant Solution
- 150-180 T/H Granite Crushing Plant Solution
- 220-260 T/H Granite Crushing Plant Solution
- 250-300 T/H Granite Crushing Plant Solution
If you have any questions about these 4 aggregate processing solutions, please contact us for communication.
The level of professionalism of local workers is not high and they basically cannot understand infrastructure drawings. Therefore, when installing aggregate processing equipment, the equipment supplier or manufacturer must arrange for an engineer to guide the installation on-site and conduct necessary operation training.
There are many processing equipment in the quarry, and it is difficult to purchase many small equipment parts in Nigeria, such as steel, equipment V-belts, bolts for fixing the jaw plate and bolts for belt conveyors. These parts usually need to go to the local city center or even Lagos to purchase. Even if the parts are purchased, it takes about two days to get to the place where the equipment is used, and more often, suitable parts cannot be purchased.
Therefore, many local quarries’ aggregate processing equipment uses unqualified parts and components, and now the operating workers do not know how to maintain the equipment regularly, resulting in frequent failures of the equipment during use.
Therefore, for quarry investors, I suggest that when conducting business negotiations with equipment dealers or manufacturers, strive for more spare parts and wear parts.
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