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Tabuk Cement confirms plans to expand

World Cement,

Tabuk Cement, Saudi Arabia, has confirmed plans to establish a second clinker line together with a new power plant. Chinese company CDI has won the contract to design, build and install the new 5000 tpd line in a deal worth US$141 million. Caterpillar is providing the 30 MW power plant, while Veolia won the US$9.5 million contract to provide a new water treatment plant capable of processing 1500 m3/day.

The project will be financed through a combination of bank loans and the company’s own resources. Trial production is expected to begin in 3Q15, making the total duration of the project just 26 months. Full commercial production is anticipated to start in 4Q15.

Saudi Arabia has been experiencing a cement shortage in recent months, and in April King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz issued an order to import 10 million t of cement into the country. At the same time, a Royal Directive called for 3 – 4 new cement plants to be built in the Kingdom in order to make up the shortfall. Meanwhile, Eastern Province Cement Co. and Najran Cement have announced expansion plans and City Cement Company’s is currently trialling its new third line.

Edited from various sources by Katherine Guenioui.

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