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Plans to Relocate Cement Factories

The aggregate relocation costs for all cement factories in Helwan are estimated at EGP 40 billion – EGP 17 billion for Suez Cement, EGP 7 billion for National Cement and EGP 16 billion for other cement factories, according to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The first phase of the relocation project will begin in 2011 and last for four years, and the second phase will begin in 2015. The first phase would begin with the decommissioning of 13 production lines that were either out of order or where the technology is outdated. By the completion of the first phase, production capacity of the relocated plants will increase to 2 Mt/a, after the addition of 900,000 t/a to the current capacity of 1,1 Mt/a. Egypt plans to increase the production and supply of cement in the domestic market and to increase competition in the sector. The move is part of a plan to bolster Egypt’s total cement production to 77 Mt/a by 2015, up from 56 Mt this year. Production will reach 62 Mt/as after the introduction of four new cement plants next year. The relocation will also reduce environmental pollution in the greater Helwan area by 40 %. (09/2010)  

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