QNCC will expand its production capacity to meet growing cement demand


Updated Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Qatar National Cement Company (QNCC) is set to invest around QR1.19 billion to increase its production capacity to meet the growing demand for cement in the country.

Demand for cement in Qatar has increased from around 2000 tpd a decade ago to approximately 12 000 – 15 000 tpd, as a result of an increase in construction activity and ongoing infrastructure projects in the country. Cement demand is set to increase further over the next few years due to projects related to the FIFA World Cup, which will be held by Qatar in 2022.

Salem Bin Butti Al Naimi, Chairman and Managing Director of QNCC, told press at the Annual Ordinary Meeting of the General Assembly that the company has signed a letter of intent with FLSmidth for the construction of cement line no. 5, which will have a designed capacity of 7500 tpd of clinker, at a cost of QR1.19 billion. Construction of the first cement mill is expected to take approximately 17 months and the plant will be completed in 24 months. The expansion will increase the company’s production capacity from around 10 000 – 12 000 tpd to approximately 20 000 tpd.