Italcementi obtains loan for Shymkent cement plant revamp

The Italcementi Group has signed an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a $25m (€20m) loan to fund the modernisation of the Shymkent cement plant in southern Kazakhstan.

In addition to the loan, the bank will invests of approximately $5m in Shymkentcement, for an equity stake of around 21%.

The project, arranged under the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s policy to support energy efficiency initiatives in Kazakhstan, will replace the four wet-process lines currently operating at the cement plant with a new dry-process line.

The technology to be employed will enable the plant to boost efficiency and achieve a significant reduction in emissions, according to Italcementi.

Construction work has already reached an advanced stage. The new plant, with a production capacity of approximately 1.2mta of cement, is expected to begin operations in early 2016.


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