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Global snapshots: Central Asia’s cement industry

World Cement,

At the beginning of this year, the United Cement Group in Kazakhstan estimated that the volume of cement produced in 2012 was 7.05 million t. There are four wet process plants, three dry process ones and a plant that operates both processes. At the end of 2012, the Kazakhcement dry process plant began operations. Tajikistan is on course to produce over 474 000 tpa of cement this year, i.e., double the volume produced in 2012. The US$100 million Juaxin Gayur plant, which has been under construction since 2011, is scheduled to begin operations this year. Cement continues to be imported to meet domestic demand. Last year Uzbekistan cement production reached 6.8 million t. There are planned investments of over US$204 million in the pipeline to build plants that will increase the capacities to 8.3 million tpa. One of these will be a 1 million tpa plant in Jizzakh, which should be completed by the end of 2014.

Written by Paul Maxwell-Cook. This is an abridged version of the full article, which appeared in the July 2013 issue of World Cement. Subscribers can view the full article by logging in.

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