Sotacib owns and operates a single cement plant in Feriana, 344 kilometres southwest of Tunis. The 18-year-old facility has capacity of 260,000 tonnes a year (t/y), but in 2004 produced 310,000 tonnes of cement.

In the medium term, Brasa is expected to increase the plant’s capacity to 500,000 t/y to help meet a combined shortfall in supply in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya estimated at 500,000 t/y (MEED 27:5:05).

A consortium of Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industriesand Denmark’s FL Smidthwas in mid-September awarded the $138 million contract for Algeria’s first white cement plant, with capacity of 550,000 t/y (MEED 16:9:05).