A new cement facility with an annual production capacity of 1.8m tonnes trialed its first batch of ‘dry’ cement in late May, with success. The enterprise is now conducting further operational tests — to check for cracking. Krichev attracted over Br1trillion in investment last year, via loans from Chinese Eximbank and from Belarusian banks. The new facility is to focus on ‘dry’ cement production.
In late 2012, Krasnoselskstroymaterialy JSC also brought a new technological line into operation, with a capacity of 1.8m tonnes of cement annually. The Belarusian Cement Plant (situated in Kostyukovichi) launched a similar line in July 2012.
Together, these three plants should be able to produce up to 10m tonnes of ‘dry’ cement annually, with the existing lines already covering domestic needs. Their manufacturing capability will aid exports and help in producing new cement-based construction materials, for use in Belarus and for sale abroad.