Managers of Paraguay-based Industria Nacional de Cemento have announced a further stoppage of the kiln at the company’s Vallemi plant, Concepción, as the company carries out maintenance works and intends to replace part of the refractory bricks.
The stoppage is expected to last 15-20 days and will see the replacement of 15-20m of refractory bricks as well as a change in the burner tube.
However, the management foresees no disruptions in supply of the domestic market, which has been plagued by a shortage of national production. INC currently has a clinker stock of 46,887t, equivalent to 1,125,288 bags of cement, the company said. In addition, the Vallemí and Villeta works hold a cement stock of 102,190 bags, which should give INC the ability to bridge the deficit for over a month, according to company sources.