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CBMI signs two contracts in North Africa

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Chinese engineering company, CBMI, has recently received a couple of orders from North Africa. The first was signed on 21 March with LafargeHolcim for the supply of a new cement grinding plant in Morocco. This was followed on 28 March by the signing of a contract with Algeria ASEC Cement Co. for the construction of a cement production line in Algeria.

The LafargeHolcim contract will see CBMI supply a grinding plant southeast of Agadir, Morocco. It follows another order in early March to revamp a LafargeHolcim plant in Nigeria, showing the “recognition [by] LafargeHolcim [of] CBMI’s qualification, credit level, and performance capability.”

In Algeria, CBMI will construct a 4500 tpd cement production line for Algeria ASEC Cement Co., a joint venture between Algeria’s ETRHB HADDAD Group and the Algerian subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering Corp. (CSCEC). The plant will be located in Djelfa in the middle of the country.

The project had been started back in 2008 but had to be suspended in 2011 due to the financial crisis, after 90% of the civil work had been completed. The project has since been purchased and revived by the joint venture partners.

The scope of work runs from limestone crushing to cement dispatch, and includes engineering, equipment and steel structure procurement, civil construction, erection, training, and commissioning. The contract has been signed on an EPC basis with work expected to take around 19 months.

It is the latest in a number of projects won by CBMI in Algeria, following contracts with LafargeHolcim, GICA Group, Biskria Group, and Kougc Group. “The signing of the contract further enhances CBMI’s position as the company with the largest cement market share in Algeria,” the company said.

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