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Algeria: thyssenkrupp awarded 6000tpd plant order

25 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Société des Cements Sigus, a subsidiary of Groupe Industriel des Cements d'Algerie (GICA), has placed an order with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions for a new 6000tpd plant. The plant will be located in Sigus, Oum El Bouaghi, around 340km east of Algiers. This order follows a previous contract with GICA for a 6000tpd plant which was signed in 2013. The main components of the order include a 1600tph primary crusher, a 500tph secondary crusher for additives, a 75,000t circular blending bed...

Spain: LafargeHolcim Valencia plant cuts production

13 January 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's cement plant in Sagunto, Valencia, Spain, cut production by almost 10 per cent in 2016 in response to the import restrictions imposed by Algeria, its biggest market. The group is exploring its options to sell the Valencia product cement elsewhere, with Colombia being a potential buyer. In addition, LafargeHolcim holds a permit to extract sand and gravel from the Salt de Llop quarry, but this is due to expire in December 2017. The municipal government in Sagunto is repor...

Algeria: second production unit at Ain El Kebira commissioned

06 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Minister of Industry and Mining, Abdesslam Bouchouareb, has inaugurated the second production unit at GICA’s cement plant at Ain El Kebira, Setif. The 2Mta unit will help Algeria to reach the stage of self-sufficiency in cement supply. It was also announced that the 1.5Mta Adrar cement plant is due to be commissioned by April 2017 whilst the 2Mta Chlef plant is expected by October. According to Mr Bouchouareb, national cement production should increase by 5.5Mta, leaving Algeria able to ...

Algeria: Prime Minister urges greater exports to Africa

23 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Algeria's Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, inaugurated the 25th Algerian Production Fair (FPA) and visited a number of its pavilions stressed the need to diversify the national production and increase exports, notably towards the African markets, in a bid to meet the objective of the government programme. At the pavilion of the Groupe Industriel de Ciments d'Algérie (GICA), Mr Sellal stressed the need to achieve self-sufficiency in cement in 2017, through the launch of all scheduled pla...

Algeria: building material imports fall in 9M16

16 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Building material imports (cement, iron and steel, wood and ceramic products) stood at US$1.61bn over the first nine months of 2016, against US$1.95bn in the same period in 2015, down -17.65  per cent, the Customs told Algerie Press Service. Imported quantities shrunk to 7.95Mt against 8.14Mt , down -2.4 per cent, according to the Customs' National Centre for Data Processing and Statistics (CNIS). Cement imports dropped to US$257.8m against US$352.9m, a fall of -27 per cent from 9M15. The...

Algeria: New integrated plant to produce oil well cement

02 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Algeria's Minister of Industry and Mines, Abdessalem Bouchouareb, has stated that a planned 1.5Mta integrated plant being built by STG Engineering and Real Estate Development will be operational by 1Q17, Radio Algérienne reports. As originally announced, the plant had been scheduled to begin production in 2016, but construction on the project did not begin until February of this year. Built at a cost of DZD21bn (US$190m) in Timokten commune in the south's Adrar province, the plant will...

Algeria’s plan to cease imports from 2017 to affect Tunisian cement industry

01 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Ibrahim Chbili, Director General of Manufacturing Industry of Tunisia’s Ministry of Industry, has said that the decision made by Algeria to cease importing cement by 2017 and become self-sufficient in its supply is expected to affect the Tunisian cement industry. At present Algeria buys around 95 per cent of Tunisian cement exports, which reached 1.8Mt in 2015 before registering a drop to 1.2Mt in the first nine months of 2016.  With new capacity coming online, Algeria expects to be self-...

Algeria: cement imports to end by 2017

31 October 2016, Published under Cement News

According to the Minister of Industry and Mining, Abdessalem Bouchouareb, 2017 will mark the end of cement imports to Algeria: "The year 2017 will mark the end of cement import in Algeria, with the commissioning of all cement plants across the country, whose total annual production capacity is expected to reach 6Mta.” Mr Bouchouareb made the statement during an inspection of a cement plant project in the commune of Timegtane, in the sub-prefecture of Aoulef, 260km east of Adrar. The site ...

Ageria: moving towards self-sufficiency

28 October 2016, Published under Cement News

This week Egypt-based ASEC-Group (part of Qalaa Holdings) informed of its agreement to sell off its partly-constructed Djelfa cement plant project in Algeria to investors for US$60m. The facility would have seen the addition of 3.5Mta of cement capacity added to the Algerian market, but the project had stalled when the banks refused to finance the project in 2012. The aim of Qalaa Holdings appears to be to move its core business into other areas, perhaps as the margins in Algeria for ce...

Egypt: ASEC to sell Djelfa plant project

26 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Egypt-based ASEC Group has reached an agreement with Algerian investors for the sale of a part-constructed cement plant site in Djelfa for US$60m. Information regarding the Algerian investors was not disclosed. The realisation of a 3.5Mta plant in Djelfa was launched by ASEC in  2008 with an investment of US$413m, but due to lack of funding the project failed. In 2012 the Minister of Industry revealed that Algerian banks refused to finance the project.