Nepal: Hetauda cement factory halts production

Nepal: Hetauda cement factory halts production
Published: 01 August 2008

The lingering fuel crisis in Nepal is all set to affect the construction sector as the Hetauda Cement factory has completely shut down production since early this week, as petroleum could not be supplied.

Ramesh Kumar Aryal, General Manager of the cement industry, was quoted as saying by the government-owned news agency RSS that the industry has closed production because dozers, loaders, and dumpers could not be operated, as diesel was not available.

He said the industry needs 1,000 litres of petroleum products daily just to conduct operations. He didn’t say when the factory would resume production.

With the Hetauda Cement Factory closing production, cement is expected to become further scant in the market.

Couple of months ago, India had stopped exporting cement including clinker. The increased demands of cement had caused its prices to rise by 70 to 90 per cent.