OCI wins cement subcontract

24 January 2003
Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries (OCI)has been awarded the subcontract for the supply and erection of steel structures and the installation of electro-mechanical works on a new $160 million cement line being built near Zliten, 170 kilometres east of Tripoli. Denmark's FL Schmidtwas awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 1.5 million-tonne-a-year (t/y) plant last autumn.

Excavation and foundation work has already begun at the site and mechanical equipment will arrive this year. Start-up is anticipated in summer 2005. The greenfield plant will comprise a crushing plant, raw mill, kiln, two cement mills and a packing plant. Various member companies of the FL Schmidt group will supply the machinery and equipment for the plant, while the client - state-owned Arab Union Construction Company (AUCC)- is responsible for the civil works.

The factory will be the first cement plant owned by AUCC, which is one of the leading players in the local building contracting and construction materials industry. There are seven other cement plants operating in Libya. However, the quality of the cement produced is at times unreliable and many plants are not producing at full capacity.

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