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Algeria to begin cement exports in 2018 - newspaper

Algeria to begin cement exports in 2018 - newspaper
Two new plants to raise total annual output to 30 million tonnes
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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