Paraguay Seeks Financers for Plant Upgrade

Paraguay President Horacio Cartes met late last month with Edgardo Srodek of the KBR Group, executives from Holcim, and Jorge Méndez, the head of the country’s cement company Industria Nacional del Cemento (INC), to discuss a new 4,000-tpd cement production line for INC’s Vallemí plant.

The new line would increase the production rate of the plant to 90,000 bags per day, doubling the current output. Cartes has met with other potential investors including Paolini Hnos, Loma Negra, and Cemex. Construction of the new line is intended to start in 2015. 

Moreover, INC also announced it would halt its kiln at the Vallemí plant to complete the replacement of its refractory. The maintenance will not affect output, which will remain at 45,000-50,000 bags per day as the company has sufficient clinker stock to maintain daily production rates for 45 days.

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