Uzbekistan to double cement production in 5 years

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The Russian holding company Eurocement Group is planning to build a new cement plant in the Angren Free Economic Zone in Uzbekistan, the Jahon information agency reports.

The project plans the construction of a new plant with a capacity of 6.2 thousand tons of clinker per day or 2.4 million tons of cement per year. It will be a modern enterprise that produces products in a dry way, which will save 35-45% of natural gas.

Eurocement Group is currently holding a tender for the selection of the general contractor for the construction of the plant. It involves Chinese, German and Turkish companies. The plans are to start production by the end of 2018.

The project is under the special control of the Uzbek government. In particular, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who visited Angren on July 21, issued the prompt decision of the President on measures to build the new plant, and the first deputy prime minister of Uzbekistan was tasked to provide all the necessary assistance for the construction.

At present, there are five large cement plants in the country: Kyzylkumcement, Akhangarancement, Kuvasaycement, Bekabadcement, and Jizzakh cement plant. Their total capacity exceeds 8.5 million tons of products per year.

Recently, in the Bulakbashi district of the Andijan region, together with Chinese investors, a project began for the construction of a new cement plant with a capacity of 1.2 million tons of Portland cement per year. In total, in the next five years, Uzbekistan plans to double its cement output, to reach 17 million tons a year.

Sergey Kwan

TCA