Belarus modernisation programme: slow progress

Belarus modernisation programme: slow progress
Published: 01 April 2011

The modernisation of Belarus’ cement plants is going extremely slowly, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said during a government conference held at the Belarusian Cement plant in Kastsyukovichy, Mahilyow region, on March 30.

Facilities with a capacity of 5.4Mta are to be built at the Belarusian Cement plant and at AAT Krasnaselskbudmateryyaly in Vawkavysk, Hrodna region, by 2012 and at PRUP Krychawtsementnashyfer in Krychaw, Mahilyow region, by 2013, Mr. Myasnikovich said.

"These deadlines have been set by the head of our state," he said. "And we should do everything for Belarus’ construction sector to receive on time the product that it is short of." The development of the construction sector is impeded by the fact that annual cement demand exceeds the supply by about 2Mt, said Deputy Prime Minister Anatol Kalinin. The demand will only increase when the construction of the nuclear power plant begins, he added.