Tag Archive | "cement"

Iraq Bans White Cement from Iran


By John Lee.

Global Cement reports that Iraq has banned imports of Iranian white cement from the Iranian border towns of Shalamcheh and Chazabeh.

Sadeq Sava’edi, the deputy head of Khuzestan’s Cement Exporters Union, told the ISNA news agency that Iraq is still importing grey cement and other construction materials, adding that Iran exports 8000 t/day of construction materials from the Chazabeh border area and 6000 t/day from Shalamcheh to Iraq.

Iraq banned imports of cement of Iran completely in June 2013 but trade resumed shortly afterwards.

(Source: Global Cement)

(Picture: Kirkuk Cement Factory)

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (2)

Another New Cement Factory Planned


By John Lee.

Following the news last week that Muthanna Cement is to be rehabilitated, it has now been announced that a new cement plant is to be built in Karbala.

The state-owned plant will require an investment of US$300 million and will be constructed by a Iraqi-Canadian joint venture.

World Cement reports that the project is expected to take “less than 38 months” from design to completion, and create about 700 jobs. Its planned capacity is 5300 tonnes per day.

(Source: World Cement)

(Picture: Falluja Cement Factory)

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (4)

ASEC Consortium Wins Cement Plant Deal


By John Lee.

ICR reports that a consortium of ASEC Cement and Iraq’s Qemmet El-Iraq has won a contract to rehabilitate and manage the Muthanna Cement plant for 14 years.

Attending a signing ceremony in Baghdad with Southern Cement, the state holding company that controls Muthanna Cement, ASEC Cement Chairman and CEO Giorgio Bodo said:

We are delighted to be entering this new market with a high-profile project that is economically vital to Iraq … Iraq has embarked on a robust plan to rebuild and modernise its infrastructure and has launched major housing, industrial, and community projects. The rehabilitation of Muthanna is an important part of Iraq’s investment in bridging the supply gap, particularly in the south.

Muthanna Cement is one of seven plants controlled by Southern Cement Company. Built in the 1980s, the plant has a total clinker and cement design capacity of 1.92Mta and 2Mta, respectively. As a result of economic sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s, the company’s current production is around 20 per cent of its design capacity.

The consortium won the Muthanna contract following an international tender; work will begin in 2Q14, with a view to reaching the full 2Mta production capacity by August 2016.

Qemmet El-Iraq, ASEC Cement’s consortium partner, is based in Erbil. Established in 1989, it has a primary focus on manufacturing packaged food products with a national focus, among other activities. Qemmet El-Iraq’s shareholders have been active in the country’s construction and contracting industry since the late 1970s.

ASEC was created in November 2005 by Citadel Capital, whose Chairman and Founder Ahmed Heikal commented:

ASEC Cement’s entry into the into the regionally important Iraqi market is part of Citadel Capital’s strategy of judiciously pursuing complimentary growth opportunities within our five core industries, including energy, agrifoods, transportation, mining and cement.

(Source: ICR)

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (2)

Gebr Pfeiffer Wins New Iraq Order


By John Lee.

The German company Gebr Pfeiffer has received another order from China-based Sinoma (Suzhou) Construction Co Ltd for a cement raw material grinding mill in Sulaymaniya.

According to a report from Global Cement, the “MPS 5000 B” vertical roller mill has a capacity of 500tph at a product fineness of 10 per cent R 80 µm and will come equipped with a 4000kW gear unit.

In addition to supplying the core components of the grinding plant, the order includes engineering services to enable the local manufacture of mill components and the supervision of manufacture at Chinese workshops.

(Sources: Global Cement, ICR)

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (1)

Alkitan Plans Basra Cement Plant


By John Lee.

A Pakistani company identified as “Alkitan” has said it will build a new cement plant in Basra.

Company director Shakir Ali told the Basra Investment Commission that they wanted to set up there “due to the abundant natural resources and investment opportunities”.

He added that the plant will be built on a 50-acre site.

(Sources: )

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (0)

Iraq to Ban Cement Imports


By John Lee.

Iraqi Cabinet decided to ban the importation of cement from 1st July, according to a report from Aswat Al Iraq.

The ban includes white cement, and it will be lifted if local production is not sufficiency to meet demand.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

(Picture: Falluja Cement Factory)

Posted in Construction & Engineering, Industry & TradeComments (0)

Attock Cement to Invest $25m in Basra


By John Lee.

Pakistan’s Attock Cement Pakistan Limited (ACPL) intends to invest around $25 million in a new cement grinding unit in Basra.

Summit Capital analyst Muhammad Sarfaraz Abbasi commented:

Since Iraq is an economy which is coming out of war with a huge potential for reconstruction activities, we expect the project will pay ACPL back well in the coming years …

“However, since the project’s plan is at an initial stage, we are waiting for further details from the company to evaluate the impact of the project on its earnings going forward.

The producer of the well-known Falcon brand of cements posted revenue growth of just 9 percent in the last quarter.

(Sources: Express Tribune, Pakistan Stock Exchange)

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (0)

Mondi Opens Industrial Bags Plant


By John Lee.

Mondi has recently started full production at its new industrial bags plant in Sulaimaniyah.

Together with local partner, Kaso Group, this greenfield project is set to strengthen Mondi’s industrial bags business in the expanding Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

The plant specialises in valve bags for the cement and building materials industries.

Issa Azar, Regional Manager MENA, Mondi Industrial Bags, said:

We are proud to announce the opening of our new greenfield plant in Sulaymaniah … This project coincides with Mondi’s strategy to support our customers’ expansion in emerging markets.

Rozhgar Barzan, Procurement-Sourcing Manager, United Cement Company – Lafarge Iraq, added:

Having Mondi’s industrial bags plant close to our cement factories strengthens our long term business relation-ship and is important for good logistics and supply management.

Abdel Hafez Abki, Managing Director of Mondi Kaso Iraq, explained:

Iraq is now one of the Middle East’s growing countries and the construction industry is helping to rebuild the rebuild the nation … The new plant further strengthens Mondi as a reliable industrial bags partner in the region.

Omar Ismail, Managing Director of Mass Iraq, said:

We are pleased with the startup of Mondi’s bags factory in Iraq and are looking forward to further constructive cooperation between both companies.

(Sources: Mondi, Packaging Europe)

Posted in Construction & EngineeringComments (0)

IBN Newsletter 'FREE Weekly Subscription'

wyg.com