The flooding of the Paraguay river and the Confuso river, which broke its banks, is presenting a risk to the continued production at the Yguazú cement plant in Paraguay, according to the Ultima Hora news service.
The plant’s quay was out of action for about 20 days before the advance of the water as the flooding necessitated cutting off the power used to operate the crane used for unloading clinker and raw materials delivered to the works by barges.
If the water reaches the electrical substation that supplies the plant itself, a halt in production is expected to result.
Yguazú Cement started production in October last year with an output of 100,000-150,000 bags per month. The factory is a joint venture between Paraguay’s Concret-Mix and Brazil’s Camargo Correã. It represents an investment of over US$100m.