DUSHANBE (TCA) — There are all possibilities for cement to become one of Tajikistan’s main export commodities, Tajik Minister of Industry and New Technology Shavkat Bobozoda told journalists on January 28, Avesta news agency reported.
In 2015, Tajikistan produced 1.4 million tons of cement. Around 77 percent of all cement was produced by joint Tajik-Chinese company Huaxin Gayur Cement, 16 percent by Tajikcement, and the remaining amount by six other cement plants.
Late in December, Tajikistan first exported its cement, to Afghanistan.
According to the minister, Tajikistan’s demand for cement is estimated at two million tons per year. This year Tajikistan plans to commission three new cement plants.
The country’s largest cement plant is Huaxin Gayur Cement Co., Ltd, with the participation of China’s HuaXin Cement Co. Ltd.
Four projects to build cement plants in Tajikistan are currently underway with Chinese investments.
It was reported in December that the government of Tajikistan was looking for investors for construction of a large cement plant near the Tuyun-Tao deposit in the Shakhritus district in the south of the country.
The project was included in the government’s investment portfolio for implementation through direct investments, the Tajik State Committee of Investment and State Property Management said.
The project requires $350 million.
Some Russian, Iranian, and Chinese companies earlier showed interest in this deposit.
The new plant would produce one million tons of cement per year.