ALGERIA TO STOP IMPORTING CEMENT NEXT YEAR

ADRAR, --Algeria will be able to stop importing cement from next year, says Minister of Industry and Mining Abdessalem Bouchouareb.

The Minister, who is on a working visit to Adrar, about 1,540 kilometres south of the capital, Algiers, says 2017 will mark the end of cement imports by Algeria after the commissioning of all the cement plants being built across the country.

The combined total annual production capacity of these cement plans is expected to reach 6.0 million tonnes," said Bouchouareb Sunday when he visited a cement plant at Timegtane, in the sub-prefecture of Aoulef, about 260 kilometres east of Adrar.

The minister stressed that these cement projects will allow the country to achieve self-sufficiency in cement, and even begin to export it.

At the project site, the minister was briefed on the cement plant, which is the result of an Algerian-Chinese partnership. This ambitious project, which is about 90 per cent completed, is due to be commissioned by the end of this year.

Bouchouareb will continue his working visit to the southern province by inspecting other projects coming under his ministry.

Source: Nam News Network