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Algeria: Lafarge inaugurated its fourth laboratory dedicated to research in construction materials in Algiers on 18 November 2013. The Euro1.75m laboratory is the first such facility that the multinational cement producer has opened in Africa.
Luc Callebat, CEO of Lafarge-Algeria, described the laboratory as a "platform technology to coordinate and accelerate innovation to serve the needs of the Algerian construction market," during the inauguration ceremony. The project is intended to meet increasing demand for housing in terms of quality, cost and energy efficiency. The laboratory joins Lafarge's existing network in France, China and India.
Covering an area of 2290m2, the research laboratory includes control laboratories and research in cement, concrete, aggregates and building systems. The laboratory also organises specialised training in the construction industry.
Algeria: ASEC Cement has completed an upgrade at its Zahana plant, in western Algeria.
"Zahana Cement Company, our key Algerian subsidiary, has just concluded the largest overhaul in the plant's long history," said ASEC Cement CEO Giorgio Bodo. The upgrade is expected to bring a 20% year-on-year increase in production of both clinker and cement. In addition the deployment of new bag filters has decreased the plant's dust emissions. Following the upgrade Zahana's clinker capacity is 0.90Mt/yr.
ASEC Cement has now begun work on a US$30m project to construct a new raw mill at Zahana that will be fully operational by 2014, raising Zahana's clinker capacity to 1.2Mt/yr. In addition the plant has started work on a new kiln line, for completion by 2015, which will increase clinker capacity to 2.7Mt/yr and cement capacity to 3.0Mt/yr.
Zahana, located 40km from Wahran, had a cement capacity of just 0.65Mt/yr in 2008 when ASEC Cement took over management of the company. ASEC Cement has a 35% equity stake at Zahana in partnership with the Government of Algeria.
Algeria: Lafarge has agreed to undertake a project inherited from an acquisition of an Egyptian firm in 2007 according to an Algerian minister of state.
Responding to a parliamentary question in mid-November 2011, the Algerian Industry and Investment Promotion Minister, Mohammed Benmeradi, said that Lafarge had agreed to undertake the project as a minority partner, owning 49%, in accordance with a foreign ownership law passed in 2009. Lafarge originally inherited the project as part of its acquisition of the global cement interests of Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries (OCI). OCI had secured licences for a new plant at Oum El Bouaghi, in the east of the country, shortly before the Lafarge takeover was announced.
Benmeradi said that the Oum El Bouaghi project would cost US$500m and would take 12-16 months to complete. He said that Algeria is currently self-sufficient in cement, producing 17Mt/yr, of which 5.5Mt/yr comes from privately owned plants. The government has a huge capital spending programme, which points to a steady increase in demand for cement. Most of the state-owned plants are in a poor state of repair.