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Indonesia: State-owned cement producer Semen Baturaja has received a US$115m bank loan to build a new cement plant in Sumatra. The plant will have a cement production capacity of 1.85Mt/yr and it will be operational by June 2017. The project is expected to cost US$252m, according to Investor Daily. The plant was originally announced in 2014.
Vietnam: Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed to add the Thaicement Ha Tien plant in Kien Giang to a portfolio of projects to be invested in the 2011-2020 period with a vision to 2030. The cement plant will have a production capacity of 4.5Mt/yr.
Nguyen has assigned the Ministry of Construction and People’s Committee of Kien Giang province to conduct a survey and exploration of limestone and clay deposits and present it to the National Mineral Reserves Councils for approval before granting an investment license. He also requested the relevant agencies to assess the financial capacity of the investor, which must be able to provide at least 20% of the project’s total investment under current regulations.
The Ministry of Construction has forecast that Vietnam's sales of cement and clinker will rise by 4 - 7% year-on-year to up to 77Mt in 2016 despite economic problems.
Afghanistan: The Jabal Saraj cement plant in Parwan has reopened after 20 years. The plant originally closed in 1996 due to the civil war in the country. Local officials have stated that the plant can now produce 100t/day of cement. Provincial governor’s spokesman Wahid Sediqi said the government has invested more than US$1m to help restart operations at the plant, according to the Khaama Press. More investment will be required to increase the plant’s production output.
Nigeria: Dangote Cement has started building a 6Mt/yr cement plant in Okpella, Edo. The Nigerian cement producer has invested US$1bn in the plant, according to All Africa. The company is also building another 6Mt/yr cement plant in Itori, Ogun. Its cement production capacity in Nigeria is expected to grow to 41Mt/yr once construction of both plants is complete. The groundbreaking event was part of the celebrations to mark company owner Aliko Dangote’s 59th birthday.
Ivory Coast: Dangote Cement has started to build a 3Mt/yr clinker grinding plant in Yongbon near Abidjan. The plant will be cost US$200m and be completed by late 2017 according to Devakumar Edwin, Dangote Group Executive Director, Strategy, Projects and Portfolio Management.
The grinding plant will consist of two 1.5Mt/yr lines. Once complete the plant is expected to double the country’s cement production capacity. Indian engineering firm Ayoki Fabricon is managing the project subcontracting Thyssenkrupp. Once complete the plant is expected to create over 3000 direct and indirect jobs, according to local media.
Ethiopia: Derba Cement is planning to build a US$300m expansion to its cement plant. The new plant in Chancho City, Sululta will have a production capacity of 2.5Mt/yr. The project is expected to take 18 – 24 months to complete once started, according to the Cihan News Agency.
The subsidiary of MIDROC is in talks with China National Building Materials Company to build the new plant. It is negotiating with the Development Bank of Ethiopia, International Financial Corp, the World Bank Group investment arm, the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank to finance the project, according to Derba Cement CEO, Haile Assegide.
Haile added that Derba Cement’s decision to build an upgrade in a market with excess production capacity made sense due to the project’s cost efficiency. The new plant will use existing infrastructure to cut its costs. The plant will also benefit if the government implements the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) increasing demand for cement.
Derba Cement has a 2.5Mt/yr cement plant at Chancho City. However, the plant is producing 0.5Mt/yr less than its capacity due to power supply interruptions. The Gilgel Gibe III Dam, that started producing electricity in late 2015, is expected to normalise the electric supply to the plant.
India: OCL India has inaugurated a 5.5MW solar power plant for use by its cement grinding plant in Salboni, Bengal. The 1.35Mt/yr grinding plant was set up in 2014 with an investment of US$93m.
"Our plant at Paschim Medinipore is located strategically to ensure timely and faster delivery of cement across the state. West Bengal is an emerging market for infrastructure development with a host of projects under implementation and thereby auguring well for the cement industry in Eastern India. In our first year of operations in Medinipore we are already operating at 95% capacity utilisation," said Amandeep, director and CEO of OCL India. He added that the solar plant will be the first and largest of its kind in West Bengal
OCL India also operates two cement plants at Kapilash and Rajgangpur in Orissa with a combined production capacity of 5.35Mt/yr.
Chad: Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké has laid the first stone for the construction for a cement plant in Ngara. The initial production capacity of the new plant will be 0.5Mt/yr and this is planned to increase to 3Mt/yr, according to local press.
The plant is a joint project between Chad and China. The cost of construction will be US$52m and the building should be completed by April 2017. The project will create 300 jobs initially and this may rise to up to 1000 if the plant reaches its higher production capacity.
Ciment du Tchad, a subsidiary of government-owned SONaCIM, opened the country’s first cement plant at Baore in 2011. The 0.2Mt/yr plant reached its full capacity output in 2012.
Myanmar: Hundreds of protestors have gathered in Hpa-an to object against a revived proposal to build a 5000t/day cement plant in Mi Karen and to develop a nearby limestone quarry. The project was originally put on hold in 2014 pending a public consultation, according to the Irrawaddy newspaper.
Protestors held a 'no cement' prayer vigil demanding that the project be scrapped. Local residents fear that the proposed cement plant will require land to be confiscated to build it as well as citing environmental and public health concerns.
Hpa-an has two existing cement plants in Myaingkalay with a combined cement production capacity of 4900t/day. These are run by the government and the military’s Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) respectively.
India: Shree Cement has set aside US$905m to build three new integrated cement plants with a production capacity of 10Mt/yr. The first new plant in the line will have a production capacity of 3Mt/yr and will be situated in Baloda Bazar, Chhattisgarh. The Indian cement producer successfully bid for limestone deposits in Baloda Bazar in February 2016. The new plant will be announced by July 2016, according to the Business Standard newspaper.
“We will be bidding in at least 12 more limestone auctions and hope to win three to four of these. This will help us set up plants to increase our capacity,” said the Managing Director of Shree Cement, H M Bangur.
At present Shree Cement has a cement production capacity of 23.6Mt/yr from three clinker plants and six cement grinding plants in the states of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Chhattisgarh. The expansion plans will be funded by the company’s internal accruals.