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Algeria: Abdesslem Bouchouareb, the Minister of Industry and Mines, has said that Algeria will report a surplus in cement production later in 2017. The minister said that the country is expecting to produce 30Mt of cement due to newly commissioned plants, according to the Algeria Press Service. He added that a ‘disturbance’ in the cement market had been caused by speculation and that the government was determined protect the local economy. The minister previously announced the commissioning of new plants at Adrar and in Biskra in April 2017.
Algeria: Biskria Ciment has ordered five vertical rollers mills from Loesche. The contract includes two raw cement mills and three clinker mills for the plant at Biskra. With these mills raw cement meal can be ground to a fineness of 12% sieving residue with 90μm at a processing capacity of 500t/hr and the cement clinker to a fineness of 3,400 Blaine. The three new cement clinker mills have already been delivered and commissioning is planned for autumn 2017. The Chinese company CBMI Construction will act as contractor in this enterprise. No value for the order has been disclosed.
Algeria: Serge Dubois, the head of communications at LafargeHolcim Algeria, says that Algeria faces a cement production overcapacity of 10Mt by 2019. In an interview with a local radio station he added that the country will overproduce 1Mt in 2017 and that it imported 3.5Mt in 2016, according to Maghreb Emergent. LafargeHolcim intends to diversify its product range to cope with this anticipated production glut with a focus on roads, airports and industrial users.
Algeria: ThyssenKrupp’s Industrial Solutions has been awarded a contract by Société des Ciments de Sigus, part of Groupe Industriel des Ciments d’Algérie (GICA), to build a cement plant at Sigus, in the Wilaya of Oum El Bouaghi, near Constantine. The plant will have a clinker production capacity of 6000t/day. Operation is planned to start in early 2019. No exact value for the order was disclosed but it was placed above US$100m.
GICA has launched several projects to increase its cement production capacity from 12Mt/yr to 20Mt/yr by 2019. ThyssenKrupp previously received an order from GICA in 2013 to build a 6000t/day cement plant.
Algeria/Nigeria: CBMI Construction (Sinoma) has issued paperwork passing over completed projects to Lafarge Africa, a part of LafargeHolcim, for projects in Algeria and Nigeria.
A provisional taking-over certificate (PTC) was signed by representatives of Unicem, a joint venture partly operated by Lafarge Africa in Nigeria, at Sinoma’s Beijing headquarters on 18 January 2017. Tomas Lorent, Lafarge Africa Project Manager and Liu Xinwang, CBMI Project Manager signed the paperwork on behalf of their companies. The certificate was signed eight weeks ahead of the contract. The new production line at the Calabar cement plant in Cross River State started operation in the summer of 2016. It includes one of the world’s largest vertical roller mills supplied by Loesche.
Meanwhile, a different PTC was signed on the same day by Didier Michel, Lafarge Algeria’s Project Manager and Gu Jinjun, CBMI Project Manager at Lafarge Algeria’s headquarters in Algiers. The 2.7Mt/yr CILAS Biskra cement plant, a joint operation between Lafarge Algeria and Souakri Group, was commissioned in the summer of 2016.
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.