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The Belarusian Cement Plant (BCP, the town of Kostyukovichi, Mogilev Region) has invested four times as much in fixed capital in January-March 2007 as it did a year ago, with BYR 1.3 billion tied in, a company representative told Interfax.

“The enterprise is now busy installing a second furnace, which is due to start operating this year,” they said.

In January-March the company manufactured BYR 21.1 billion worth of commodities, 12.1% up on the year. Cement accounts for 92% of commodities produced by BCP.

They produced 178 thousand tons of cement in Q1 2007, 12% up on the year.

The output of cement packed in sacks (25, 50, 1,000 kg) made 26,000 tons, 44% up, the source specified.

The Klimovichi branch of the enterprise produced 24.1 thousand tonnes of lime (51.6% up). All lime is sold on the domestic market, the source reminded.

Over the stated period the company exported 19 thousand tonnes of cement, a 17% increase on the year, with most of exports channelled to the Russian Federation.

As of April 1 the finished goods inventory made 1.7% on the monthly output, the limit being 20%.

The Belarusian Cement Plant is heavily involved in preparatory works for installing a new furnace. With the new furnace made operational in 2007, the company will be in a position to boost cement output by 500 thousand tonnes. The projected is funded by bank loans, innovation funds of the

Ministry of Architecture and Housing Construction and the company’s own assets.

The company was set up in 1996. The staff counts 1,450 persons.

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