Cement demand drops by 40% in Qatar during Ramadan

Byrebecca3360

Updated Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:25:33 GMT

Qatar: Domestic cement demand has plunged 40% during Ramadan, which has prompted cement companies to start maintenance work.

Mohamed Al Sulaiti, general manager of Qatar National Cement Company, said that the company has utilised this as an opportunity to conduct maintenance of equipment in its plant. Maintenance work will enable it to meet the busy season starting from mid-August, when demand will increase.

Qatar National Cement Company is setting up a new plant in Umm Bab, Jariyan al Batnah Municipality, which is expected to start production in 2016. The new plant, which is its fifth, is being set up to help the company meet demand of the construction sector. Al Sulaiti said that the capacity would be 5000t/day of clinker and 5500t/day of cement. FCB has been given the contract for setting up the plant.