By 2014, it is expected that the two Portland cement plants located in Paysandú and Mines, Uruguay will have completed their upgrades and produce at full capacity, rated at 1.1Mta.
Ancap will invest US$200m in plant restructuring, modifying the process and the energy matrix, lowering production costs, improving the environmental impact and increasing production capacity.
Director, Juan Gomez, said in Minas today that the country consumed 800,000t of Portland, of which 500,000t are produced by Ancap. Countries like Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil are potential importers and have already shown interest and even committed to purchase. In fact, the third cement plant built in Treinta y Tres Ancap in partnership with two private entities will target the Brazilian market.
While the start of work has been delayed, said Gomez, all containers have arrived in Minas and they are currently carrying out the expansion of the power plant, but the assembly and erection works will only in the early months of next year. This was due to the fact that the bid foresaw the hiring of two companies, but then a change of mind occurred and all the work was awarded to a single builder.