Ethiopia: Samuel Halala, the director of Ethiopian Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry Development, says that the Abay Cement plant is 60% complete and due to start operation in 2021. The 2.5Mt project is located near Degen in Amhara Region, according to New Business Ethiopia. It has an investment of around US$260m. Once completed it is expected to create 1500 jobs.
Halala added that the country’s 21 cement plants have a production capacity of 17Mt/yr but have a capacity utilisation rate of around 60%. Only 14 plants are currently active, producing 11.5Mt/yr.