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Egypt: Suez Cement Co has voluntarily agreed to close its Tourah Cement Factory 1 to comply with the local government's policy to reduce the number of facilities that do not meet environmental standards. Suez Cement has instead chosen to invest US$69.9m in environmental mitigation measures at its Tourah Cement Factory 2.
India: Century Textiles and Industries Manikgarh cement plant II has commenced production as of 26 September 2014. The plant has 2.8Mt/yr of cement production capacity.
India: Zuari Cement has announced that it will set up a 3.2Mt/yr cement plant in Gulbarga through its subsidiary Gulbarga Cement Ltd (GCL). The company also plans to set up 50MW captive power plant. The site for the new plant is 28km from Gulbarga city on the Gulbarga–Bangalore highway.
According to Nabil Francis, Managing Director of Zuari Cement, on completion of the project, the company will have a total capacity of 10Mt/yr and will become one of the largest cement manufacturers in South India. "The capacity expansion will strengthen our presence and strengthen our market expansion plans in the southern, western and the north east markets," he said.
The foundation stone for the plant was laid on 30 September 2014 by Francis along with Ramesh Suryanarayana, Director of Business Development, in the presence of Surendra Pattar, Site Manager, and other senior Zuari Cement executives.
Francis said the Gulbarga unit is designed to double its capacity in the future as part of the plans to cater for growing demand in northern Karnataka and neighbouring Maharashtra.
India: Wonder Cement Limited is planning to expand the capacity of its cement plant at Tehsil Nimbahera in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. The company has placed an order with Gebr. Pfeiffer for raw meals and coal mills.
Indonesia: Two Chinese companies signed an agreement on 25 September 2014 to invest in an Indonesian cement plant as part of investment cooperation measures that were agreed by China and Indonesia in 2013.
State Development and Investment Corp (SDIC) and Anhui Conch Cement Company will fund the project for the plant located in West Papua Province. After the construction is completed, the plant will have 3Mt/yr of production capacity, serving Indonesia and neighbouring countries, including Papua New Guinea. SDIC and Anhui Conch will have stakes of 51% and 49% respectively.
Indonesia: Semen Indonesia is seeking US$50 - 70m in bank loans to help finance the construction of a new cement plant in Jayapura, Papua. The company has recently announced its intention to construct the first cement plant in the country's most eastern Province, in order to meet the region's demand potential and to reduce distribution and logistics costs.
"For the Papua plant, we will seek external funds like from loans on top of equity injection," said Semen Indonesia's finance director, Ahyanizzaman.
He said that Semen Indonesia is still looking for suitable land and bank loans are expected to be secured in 2015. Semen Indonesia is completing the feasibility study for the project, which is slated to have a capacity of 0.6 - 1Mt/yr. Construction is anticipated to start in 2015.
Syria: On 25 September 2014 Islamic State militants seized and set fire to Lafarge's cement plant in northern Syria.
"While advancing on the Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab near the Turkish border, the militants seized the Lafarge cement plant and burnt down part of it," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The plant had been closed recently 'as security could not be guaranteed in the area.' Islamic State jihadists had taken over a major city in that part of northern Syria, sparking tens of thousands of mainly Kurdish refugees to flee into nearby Turkey. Once guarded by the Syrian army, responsibility for the plant's security was turned over to the main Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in August 2013.
Venezuela: Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) has announced that Venezuela's Iranian-built 1Mt/yr capacity cement plant has started pilot production. IMIDRO, via its subsidiary company Ehdas Sanat Company, began the implementation of the project eight months ago. It is expected to go on stream shortly.
India: JSW Cement is considering the construction of a 4.3Mt/yr cement plant in Gulbarga, Karnataka. The company is optimistic about demand revival in the south of India, as economic activity picks up in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, according to SS Sandhu, associate vice president of JSW Cement.
At present, JSW Cement has 6.4Mt/yr of cement production capacity in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Sandhu said that the company already has land in Gulbarga and the region is rich in limestone. Another advantage is that supplies could be made from Gulbarga to cement markets in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Since the group company, JSW Steel, produces slag, JSW Cement could manufacture slag cement.
When asked about the economic slow-down, Sandhu conceded that there has been a contraction in construction activity in the south of the country, but that stability has now returned. A lot of projects are expected to come up in the near future in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, including ones at the new Andhra Pradesh capital that is planned at Vijayawada. The company expects that a pick-up in demand will drive its capacity utilisation to 75% by the end of the current fiscal year from 55 – 60% at present.
Guatemala: Eight local inhabitants have died after a clash that saw residents turn guns on their neighbours over plans to build a road and a cement plant. Interior minister Mauricio Lopez said that the authorities were working to determine what actions would be taken after the clashes that began on 20 September 2014 and continued into 21 September 2014 in San Juan, Suchitepéquez Department. Several homes and five vehicles were burned.
"We need a greater security presence in the area to regain control," said Lopez, noting that about 600 policemen were deployed in the area where the incident took place. The conflict escalated because some of the local community are being forced to leave their homes due to the construction, while others have been in favour of the cement plant and sold land for the road. According to farming community leader Daniel Pascual, gunmen had fired on villagers opposed to the project. He stated that some of the attackers were employees of the cement company.
In July 2013 Cementos Progreso began to construct a cement plant in San Gabriel, Suchitepéquez for US$720m. It is expected to begin operations in 2017. However, the project has divided the local population between those who support the company and those who oppose the construction due to fears it will damage groundwater sources and cause other environmental damage.