Laos: Siam Cement Group surveys Laos for cement plant

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Updated Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:49:48 GMT

Siam Cement Group (SCG) is carrying out a survey of available raw materials and possible locations with a view to setting up one of the largest cement factories in Laos. Vanthong Sitthikoun, president of the Lao Cement Producers' Association, said that the Laotian government had authorised SCG to conduct a survey in Boualapha district, Khammuan province, where the company proposes construction of the plant.

"There are now two surveys under way in Khammuan province for the construction of cement factories, by Thai and Chinese investors. When they have finished, they will submit their findings to the government before building the factories," said Vanthong.

SCG intends to build a plant in Laos to tap its growing demand for cement especially for dam construction. Laos currently has 10 operational cement factories, with a total production capacity of about 3.84Mt/yr according to local media. Two of the factories are in Vientiane, three are in Vientiane province, and there is one in each of the provinces of Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Khammuan, Savannakhet and Saravan.