Kazakhstan to meet domestic demand for cement

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Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan intends to meet its domestic demand for cement, according to Albert Rau, Vice Minister for Investments and Development and local media.

"Given that at the start of 2015 a cement facility capable of producing 500, 000t/yr will be launched in Rudny, production capabilities of 2Mt/yr will be launched at Kokshe-Cement Enterprise, BI Cement facility is to be started in Akmolinsk Oblast and a number of cement making facilities based in Shymkent are to be modernised, we are ready to meet the domestic demand for cement," said Rau.

Rau added that Kazakhstan had imported over 1Mt of cement in 2013. "Most of the issues geographical. All the production facilities are concentrated in the east, in Karaganda and in the south. The west of Kazakhstan relies on imported cement." He explained that President Nazarbayev had set a target for the country to meet 80% for all types of construction materials by 2014. In 2014 this figure was 74 – 75%.

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