Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 14 / Trend, D. Azizov /
Uzbek "Bekabadcement" company has completed a new clinker production line worth $ 62 million, a representative at the Uzbek Construction Materials company told Trend on Wednesday.
The source said that the design capacity of the new line is 850,000 tons of cement clinker per year, which will increase Uzbek cement production capacity by one million tons per year.
Cement clinkers will be produced with a "dry" method, ensuring a higher energy efficient level.
Chinese China CFMC Engineering Co. Ltd is the general contractor of the project.
The project was financed by the enterprise's own funds.
"Bekabadcement", one of the oldest enterprises in the Uzbek cement industry, was commissioned in 1926. Currently, the design capacity of the plant is 818,000 tons, clinker - 654,000 tons per year.
The Uzbek State Committee on State Property Management began controlling Bekabadcement last July.
There are six cement plants with a total capacity of about seven million tons in Uzbekistan now; including the largest ones - "Kizilkumcement" - 3.15 million tons, "Akhangarancement" - 1.74 million tons, "Kuvasaycement" - 1.107 million tons.
According to the official statistics, cement production in Uzbekistan increased by 1.5 percent to 6.8 million tons in 2012 compared to 2011.