Ensuring environmental safety and reassuring communities at Dangote Cement Plant - Case Study
The Dangote Cement Plant, which opened in May 2015, is a 2.5Mta plant, less than 90km from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. With extensive limestone reserves of about 223 million tonnes, it is the largest one in Ethiopia and can produce high-quality 32.5 and 42.5-grade cement to meet market needs at competitive prices.
Communities in the nearby town of Reiji, close to the factory, had raised a huge number of concerns about environmental safety and air quality. This was due to the excessive pollution and dust from the plant. The factory had been designed with advanced technology and machinery with low particulate outputs. The senior team was confident that there was no need for concern. However, there was a lack of precise data or ambient environmental reports to be able to reassure local communities and other stakeholders about air safety.
Oizom Polludrone is our smart city-specific environmental monitoring solution that works on IoT technology. The Dustroid is a system used to measure the number of dust particles in the air. They are capable of being deployed in any location. In addition, they are powered by either a solar or non-solar power supply. The smart combination of Polludrones and Dustroids was the ideal solution for the cement plant. The Dustroid is an effective solution for places like Dangote Cement Plant which are heavily dust-laden. It does not consume too much time or money. Polludrone efficiently provides the precise data to monitor air quality. It measures a wide range of environmental parameters including particulates, toxic gases, odors, radiation, traffic, noise, weather, light levels, and more. With real-time data, the senior team at the plant would have instant access to insights, to assess the surrounding environment efficiently.
With Polludrones and Dustriods installed in the area, the factory now has instant access to real-time environmental data and reports which are generated through our hardware and software systems. Above all, this data showed that air quality in all locations around the plant is perfectly safe for everyone, reassuring the communities living nearby.