France’s Vicat to build cement plant in Kazakhstan

France’s Vicat to build cement plant in Kazakhstan
02 June 2008

French cement maker Vicat and Kazakh group Kazkommerts Invest will build a cement plant in the Central Asian state at an estimated cost of US$230m, Kazkommerts Invest said on Thursday. Vicat has a 60 per cent stake in the project, while Kazkommerts Invest (KKI) owns the rest.

"The shareholders have invested US$60m, and the remaining US$170mwill come from a syndicated loan," KKI Chief Financial Officer Murat Temirkhanov told Reuters.

He said the companies were in talks with the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm, over arranging the loan. The plant, due to be built by 2010, will have an annual capacity of 1.1Mtof cement. China’s Triumph Engineering International will carry out construction work, Temirkhanov said.

Kazakhstan’s highly leveraged construction sector was hit hard by the global liquidity squeeze, but analysts see a quick recovery due to persistent demand.

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He called for diversifying cement production, the report added.
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