Cement capacity to double

01 February 2006

The General Organisation for Cement & Building Materials (GOCBM) has invited expressions of interest from international firms for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract to expand and upgrade five local cement companies. This is the first time that private companies have been invited to become involved in the local cement sector. GOCBM is tendering the 15-year BOT contracts in two batches. Interested companies have been given until 27 February to submit technical and commercial proposals for the contract to invest in and upgrade Adra Company for Cement & Building Materials and Tartous Company for Manufacturing of Cement & Building Materials.

Investors have until 30 March to submit technical and commercial proposals for the 15-year BOT contract to invest in and upgrade Al-Chahba Cement & Building Materials Company and Arabian Company for Manufacturing of Cement & Building Materials, both Aleppo-based, and Syrian Company for Manufacturing of Cement & Building Materials in Hama.

Interested companies are understood to include Swiss-based Holcim, France's Lafarge, Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries and Italy's Italcementi.

'In the long term, we are planning to upgrade all our existing plants at Adra, Tartous, Hama and two in Aleppo to double capacity [to 10 million tonnes a year],' says a senior GOCBM official.

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