Algeria: Gica, Chinese Equipment Manufacturer to Build Cement Plants


Updated Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:26:47 GMT

The public cement manufacturing industrial group (Gica) inked Tuesdayin Algiers two agreements with Chinese equipment manufacturer Cmbi (subsidiary of Sinoma group) to build a new cement plant in Bechar and extend the plant of Zahana (Mascara).

The agreements have been signed in the presence of Industry and Mines Minister Abdessalem Bouchouareb, China's ambassador to Algiers Yang Guangyu and CEOs of Gica and Sinoma.

The first agreement provides for the building by Cmbi of a new cement plant in Bechar with a 1million tonnes per year capacity (3.200 tonnes/day).

This plant will be held by Saoura Cement Company (Ssc, subsidiary of Gica)

The start of production in this cement plant, works implementation works are estimated at DZD 34 million, is scheduled for 2018. Some 350 direct and 1.500 indirect jobs will be created part of this project.

As for the second agreement, it relates to the extension of Zahana cement plant (current production of one million tonnes) held by Cement Company of Zahana (Sciz) and the establishment of a production line with a supplementary production capacity of 1n5 million tonnes/year (4500 tonnes/day).

The implementation works of this project, which will be completed by 2018, will cost DZD 38 billion while 350 direct and 1.500 indirect jobs will be created.

The implementation of these projects will generate a supplementary production capacity of 2,5 million tonnes per year and will enable Algeria meet its needs in cement and export the surplus, according to Gica officials.