Lafarge plans to start the construction of a new plant in Russia’s Kaluga Region south of Moscow in the autumn of 2007, to produce 2.5Mta, according to local news reports.
Lafarge has won the tender to develop the Borshchovskoye limestone deposit and use that resource as raw material for cement production, the regional Economics Ministry said. The French company paid RUR400mn ($15.5m) to use the deposit.
As of now, the Kaluga Region has no cement plants and imports cement from the adjacent regions. Lafarge currently owns two plants in Russia, Ural Cement and Voskresenskcement.