Holcim looks at opportunities to construct plant in Azerbaijan

Holcim looks at opportunities to construct plant in Azerbaijan
Published: 02 February 2007

The economic development ministry and Swiss company Holcim are studying the feasibility of constructing a new cement plant in Azerbaijan, according to economic development minister Heydar Babayev.  
" The project is under consideration in connection with growing need for cement in the country. Also, there are offers from local companies to adjust cement production, but unlike foreign companies, local ones fail to conduct detailed marketing and seek to create enterprises with full production cycle, as well as make themselves be dependent on other enterprises," Babaev told.  
Holcim Group Manager on CIS- and Caspian States Garet Babbs said Garadagh Cement has been considering ways to increase cement output.  
" But there are technical questions linked with new deposits and raw material. Azerbaijan, as a market, is very interesting for us, and presently we study technical sides how to expand production," Babbs underlined.  
Meanwhile, Lafarge is reportedly in Baku also studying raw material deposits for cement production, minister of economic development of Azerbaijan Heydar Babayev informed journalists. 
"The representatives of the French company work to research the place of deposits, study the problem of recycling of chlorine-containing waste. After finishing researches, they will prepare the full report on the work for their company," Mr Babaev underlined.