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Algeria to begin cement exports in 2018 - newspaper
20 April 2017
Algeria will begin exporting cement for the first time in early 2018 after commissioning two large local plants, a local newspaper said on Thursday.
The two plants, with a combined daily output capacity of around 7,700 tonnes, have boosted the North African Arab country's total cement production to nearly 30 million tonnes per year, El-Khabar daily said, quoting Algeria’s Minister of Industry and Mines Abdul Salam Bushoarb.
"Algeria will be able to produce 30 million tonnes of cement this year…we will have a surplus for the first time at the end of the year and will be able to start exporting in early 2018," the minister said.
The new projects are a 4,500 tonnes per day plant in the Northwestern port of Zahana and the other in Bechar, also in the Northwest, with a capacity of 3,200 tonnes a day.
Bushoarb said in late 2016 the commissioning of the two plants would enable the country to achieve self-sufficiency in cement at the end of 2016 before stopping imports in 2017.
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