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Cement industry newsbytes: Egypt

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Suez Cement to convert two plants to run on coal

According to local reports, Suez Cement is planning to invest some EGP600 million (US$84 million) in 2015 on equipping two of its South Cairo plants to run on coal. The investment is expected to help Suez boost output and reduce costs in the midst of the country’s energy crisis.

The cabinet approved the industrial use of coal in April and a number of Egyptian companies are now in the process of equipping plants to run on imported coal.

New government studies will look into expanding cement production

In other news, new government studies will look into the economic feasibility of expanding Egypt’s cement production. During a meeting held on 15 December, a government economic group noted that there was an urgent need to expand cement production and increase production capacity to meet future needs. Participants recommended that the possibility of constructing new cement plants should be studied, with investors providing for the facilities’ energy requirements. According to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, a proposal for this is currently being considered.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling


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