Vietnam Prime Minister ratifies cement development strategy

Vietnam Prime Minister ratifies cement development strategy
Published: 31 August 2011

The Prime Minister of Vietnam this week approved a strategy to develop the country’s cement industry until 2020, requiring the industry to immediately apply advanced and low energy consumption technologies to save materials and protect the environment.

Accordingly, the cement industry would have to complete the conversion from its current out-of-date shaft kilns to modern rotary kilns by the end of 2015.

New cement production projects licensed since Monday this week with a design capacity of more than 2500tpd of clinker must invest in systems to utilise discharged heat for power generation.

Projects that received licences before Monday should have the equivalent systems in place before 2015.

The strategy also states that the Government would also offer incentive policies to encourage cement production projects with a design capacity of less than 2500tpd of clinker to construct similar systems.

Besides giving priority to projects based in areas rich in materials with good transport infrastructure, the Government would also help facilitate new cement projects in the southern provinces where there is a rising demand for cement.

The Government forecast that cement demand in the domestic market would be 54-55Mt this year. That figures would surge to 75-76Mt by 2015 and 93-95Mt by 2020, before reaching a 113-115Mt by 2030.

The strategy estimated the country would need an additional 32 new cement projects from 2011-15 to meet the rising demand for cement.