DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon on March 23 inaugurated a new cement plant of LLC Huaxin Ghayur Sugd Cement in the Bobojon Ghafurov district in the Sughd province, the president’s press service said.
The construction of the plant started in 2014 by Tajik company Ghayur Cement in cooperation with China’s Huaxin Central Asia Investment.
The plant was built on an area of 48 hectares.
The plant has annual production capacity of more than one million tons of cement, and can produce 3,300 tons of cement per day.
The cost of the project is more than one billion somoni.
The new plant has employed more than 1,300 people. More than 90 percent of them are Tajikistan citizens, and their average monthly salaries range from 1,500 to 12,000 somoni ($1=7.8 somoni).
The cement plant has been built with the use of the latest technology of waste-free and ecologically benign production. It produces cement of 400, 500 and 600 types, which meet international standards and are competitive in the European market.
With the operation of the plant, prices for cement in Tajikistan are expected to lower by 35 percent.
Production of the new plant will also contribute to import substitution.
Tajik Minister of Industry and New Technology Shavkat Bobozoda said in January that there are all possibilities for cement to become one of Tajikistan’s main export commodities.
In 2015, Tajikistan produced 1.4 million tons of cement.
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.