The Peoples Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has licensed Holcim Vietnam Ltd. to build its second clinker production line at the Hon Chong cement plant.
Work on the construction of the US$656m production line with a daily capacity of 10,000t of clinker will start in January 2009.
Apart from the Hon Chong cement plant, Holcim Vietnam is currently operating another cement station in Ho Chi Minh City.
With an annual capacity of 3.6 million tonnes of cement and more than 120,000m3 of ready-mix concrete, Holcim Vietnam has established itself as one of the foremost cement producers and ready-mix concrete suppliers in southern Vietnam.
Once the second clinker production line is put into operation, Holcim Vietnam’s total capacity will be doubled to 14,500tpd or 7Mta of cement.
Holcim Vietnam Ltd is a joint venture (JV) between the Holcim Group and the Ha Tien 1 Cement Company, a subsidiary of the Vietnam National Cement Corporation.
According to the cement industry development scheme, an additional 46 cement projects will be put into operation from now until 2010, with a total production capacity of more than 45Mt.
The Ministry of Construction forecast that local makers will be able to meet domestic demand for cement and clinker by 2009.