Semen Andalas started initial production in late June at the new 1.6m tonnes per annum works, which should be fully operational in the final quarter of this year. This US$300m investment replaces the previous works that was destroyed by a tsunami in December, 2004 and increases the capacity by around 20%. Since the Semen Andalas works was destroyed, Lafarge has been supplying the local market through its international trading operations.