China to fund construction of Tajikistan cement plant

China to fund construction of Tajikistan cement plant
Published: 11 September 2008

Two Chinese companies are to build a large cement plant in Tajikistan.

The plant is expected to have a rated capacity of up to 1Mta.

According to Tajikistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), a protocol of intention on construction of the cement plant was signed in Urumqi, China, last week.

Tajikistan’s CCI head Sharif Said and top managers of Chinese companies San Bao (Kann Hepin) and the Xinjiang International Resource Company (Hua Jianjun) signed the document.

The plant, the construction of which will be funded by the Chinese side, is scheduled to be finished in 30 months.

The place for construction of the plant will be determined by the Tajik government and the ministry of energy and industries (MoEI).

Chinese specialists are expected to arrive in Tajikistan this month to study and coordinate the project.

An agreement on the construction of the cement plant was reached on the sidelines of the 17th Urumqi Foreign Economic and Trade Fair, held on September 1-5.

In the meantime, the source at MoEI said that Tajikistan’s requirements in cement were increasing by 40 per cent every year.

Tajikistan now needs 1.5 million tons of cement per year, while Tajikistan’s largest cement producer, Tojikcement (Dushanbe cement plant), currently produces up to 500,000 tons of cement per year.

The rated capacity of the plant is one million ton per year, but because of obsolete equipment, it is now capable of producing not more than 500,000 tons of cement per year.

In order to meet its requirements in cement, Tajikistan has to import it from other countries.