Vietnam’s cement production slows down on coal shortage

Vietnam’s cement production slows down on coal shortage
Published: 04 October 2010

Viet Nam Cement Industry Corporation’s member companies, which represent around 40% of the national market, are experiencing difficulties in obtaining sufficient coal supplies to operate their production lines.

Le Van Chung, chairman of the corporation’s management board, said cement plants needed 5000tpd of coal for production, but the Viet Nam Coal and Mineral Industry Group provided just half of their demand at 2500-3000tpd.

"We had to halt operations temporarily, and if we don’t receive an adequate supply of coal in the coming days, many Vicem factories will stop production," Chung said. Currently cement plants in Hoang Thach, But Son, Bim Son, Hoang Mai, Tam Diep, Ha Tien and Hai Pong are all experiencing coal shortages and two kilns have been halted due to the shortage.

In the first nine months of the year, national cement sales stood at 36.46Mt while output was at 37.23Mt.