Lafarge SA plans to set up a cement factory in Sudan, the African country’s state-run news agency SUNA reported, citing Industry Minister Jalal Al-Diqair.
The minister “welcomed” the French company’s plan to set up the plant, which will cost US$800m and have an annual production capacity of 4Mt, the Khartoum-based news agency said yesterday.
Construction in Sudan, especially in the capital Khartoum, has expanded since the north and south of the country signed a peace agreement in 2005 which ended a two-decade civil war in Africa’s largest country.
Lafarge’s planned project will be located in the town of Atbara in northeastern Sudan, the report said.
The government expects cement production to increase to 6Mt in 2010, from 1Mt now, with four new factories starting production in the next four month, Al-Sahafa reported today, citing Al-Diqair.
The production increase will alleviate some of the demand gap in the local market, the minister said, and will allow for potential exports to neighboring countries, Al Sahafa reported.