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Spain: LafargeHolcim’s Sagunto cement plant in Valencia cut its production by nearly 10% in 2016 due to a fall in exports to Algeria. The plant exports 85% of its production and Algeria cut its imports by half, according to the Expansión newspaper. The plant is considering new export destinations including Colombia. However, its permit to mine aggregates from the Salt de Llop quarry is due to expire in December 2017 and the local government is reportedly not keen to renew it.
Algeria: Abdesslam Bouchouareb, the Minister of Industry and Mining, has inaugurated the second production unit at the Ain El Kebira (SCAEK) cement plant near Setif. The new unit will have a cement production capacity of 2Mt/yr, according to the Algerian Press Service. The plant is controlled by the government backed Groupe Industriel des Ciments d'Algérie (GICA).
Bouchouare announced that the 1.5Mt/yr Adrar cement plant is due to be commissioned by April 2017 and the 2Mt/yr Chlef plant by October 2017. He added that national cement production is expected to increase by 5.5Mt/yr in 2017, allowing Algeria to export its surplus by early 2018.
Algeria: Groupe Industriel des Ciments d'Algérie (GICA), the government-owned cement producer, has launched the certification process of its oil well cement ahead of plans to produce the product itself. A sample batch of 300t was produced in November 2016, according to the Algeria Press Service. Rabah Guessoum, the chief executive officer of GICA, said that the cement will produced at the company’s Setif plant and sold to Sonatrach group and foreign oil companies. A national demand of around 300,000t/yr is anticipated.
Algeria: Abdessalem Bouchouareb, the Minister of Industry and Mining, has said that his country will stop importing cement in 2017. He made the comments at a visit to the China Triumph International Engineering (CTIEC) cement plant being built at Adrar, according to the Algeria Press Service. The plant is nearly 90% complete and due to be commissioned at the end of 2016.
"The year 2017 will mark the end of cement imports in Algeria, with the commissioning of all cement plants across the country, whose total annual production capacity is expected to reach 6Mt," said Bouchouareb. He added that industrial projects will allow the country to achieve self-sufficiency in cement and begin to export it.
Algeria: A group of Algerian investors have agreed a share purchase framework to buy 100% of ASEC Algeria from ASEC Cement and ASEC Cement Djelfa Offshoren for US$60m. ASEC Cement is an Egypt-based producer and supplier of cement and other construction materials. ASEC Cement Djelfa Offshoren is a subsidiary of ASEC Cement, a subsidiary of Qalaa Holdings.
Algeria: The CILAS Bikra cement plant started production in mid-July 2016, 11 days before the scheduled start of operations. The 2.7Mt/yr plant is a joint venture between Lafarge Algeria and Souakri Group. The project had an investment of Euro270m and it took 21 months to build, according to Le Matin newspaper.
Algeria: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has laid the first stone at a cement plant being built at Sigus, Oum El Bouaghi by the Industrial Public Group of Cements of Algeria (GICA). Sellal said that his country had invested significantly in the cement sector and that Algeria should being exporting cement by 2019, according to the Algeria Press Service.
Polysius SAS France, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp, won the contract to build the cement plant in October 2015 on a budget of over Euro310m. The plant will have a production capacity of 2.2Mt/yr and it will start production in Febraury 2019.
Algeria: CILAS, a joint operation between Lafarge Algeria (49% stake) and Souakri Group (51% stake) located in the northeast of the country, has started commissioned its mill at its Biskra cement plant. Operation of the site’s kiln is scheduled to start in July 2016 according to the El Watan newspaper.
China’s CBM, a subsidiairy of Sinoma, signed a deal to build the plant in mid-2014. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract included design, equipment supply, civil construction, installation, training and commissioning of the project. The plant will have a cement production capacity of 2.7Mt/yr when fully operational.
Algeria: Groupe des Ciments d’Algérie (GICA) has signed two agreements with CBMI, a subsidiary of Sinoma, to build a new cement plant in Bechar and upgrade the Zahana plant at Mascara. The agreements were signed in the presence of Industry and Mines Minister Abdessalem Bouchouareb, China's ambassador to Algiers Yang Guangyu and the chief executive officers of GICA and Sinoma, according to the Algeria Press Service.
The Bechar cement plant will have a cement production capacity of 1Mt/yr and it will be run by the Saoura Cement Company. The upgrade work at Zahana cement plant has an investment of US$344m. A new 1.5Mt/yr production line will be built at the site run by the Cement Company of Zahana. Work at both sites is planed to be complete in 2018.
Switzerland: LafargeHolcim has appointed Caroline Luscombe as the group’s new Head of Organisation and Human Resources and member of the Executive Committee. Her role starts from 1 July 2016 and she will be based in Zurich. She succeeds Jean-Jacques Gauthier.
Luscombe joins LafargeHolcim from Syngenta where she has been Head of Human Resources since January 2010 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2012. Prior to joining Syngenta, Luscombe held senior human resource roles in the financial and healthcare businesses of the GE Group, and in the speciality chemical company, Laporte.
Having led the human resource integration between Lafarge and Holcim, Jean-Jacques Gauthier will be appointed as the Country Chief Executive Officer in Algeria from 1 September 2016. On taking up his new role, Jean-Jacques will relinquish his position on the Executive Committee.