Algeria’s state-owned cement companies produced 7.28Mt of cement in the first eight months of this year, against 7.27Mt a year ago. In the first half of the year, the 12 companies increased their output by 0.16% to 5.468Mt when compared with 1H2010. However, when compared with 2009, full-year production fell by 3% to 11.219Mt.
To develop the state sector, which covers around 65% of national demand, the government has earmarked DZD150bn (US$2.01bn) over the 2011-15 period to push up production capacity to 20Mta by 2015. The investment plan includes new lines for five cement works, namely Beni Saf (Ain Temouchent), Zahana (Mascara), Meftah (Blida), Ain Kebira (Setif) and Oued Sly (Chlef), adding 8.5Mta to the current total.
The government plan also foresees the expansion of its aggregates and ready-mix concrete.