According to Bolivia’s La Razón, the Government of Oruro is working on plans for the construction of a cement plant in Caracollo Norte. The location, which contains limestone deposits, is situated around 37 km from the city of Pagador. The government has also carried out studies into the production of gypsum in Huayllamarca, which would be used at the new cement plant. The cost of the project has been estimated at around US$200 million, although the government is reluctant to provide official figures and confirmation until the plans are finalised. It will provide further information by mid-April.
In other news, cement production at Soboce’s Cemento Viacha plant is due to increase from 1.4 million t to 1.55 million t between April 2013 and March 2014. The company has invested approximately US$3 million in a new gas duct, which will provide a sufficient natural gas supply to operate the plant and allow the start-up of a third line. The third line will mean that the company will no longer have to import clinker.
Soboce plans to construct an 800 000 tpa cement plant in the province of Germán Busch, Santa Cruz, representing an investment of US$160 million.
Edited from various sources by Louise Fordham.
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