Two mini cement plants are expected to be introduced into operation in Tajikistan this year, according to the Ministry of Energy and Industries (MoEI). The source at a MoEI says one of those mini cement plants with capacity of 70,000tpa of has been built in the Kharangon area, Varzob district. “Limited liability company Tojikiston and a number of local entrepreneurs have invested in the construction of this plant,” he said.
Another mini cement plant, Sughd-Cement, with capacity of 100,000tpa, is being built in Mastchoh district, Sughd province. In the meantime, Tajikistan’s current cement requirements are more than 1Mta. Last year, Tajikistan produced 288,000tpa, including 260,000t produced by Tojikcement (Dushanbe cement plant), and imported some 500,000t of cement, the source added.
Six cement plants now operate in Tajikistan. Tojikcement with rated capacity of 1.1Mta is the country’s largest cement plant. The enterprise, however, now operates only at 20-25% of its installed capacity due to depreciation and gas shortages. According to specialists from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), the construction sector’s cement requirements increase by 40% annually.