PHNOM PENH, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- A 110-million-U.S.-dollar cement production plant, the fifth in Cambodia, was inaugurated in southwestern Kampot province on Thursday.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the Thai Boon Roong Cement Plant, built on the parcel of 678 hectares in Dangtong district, is capable of producing 2,500 tons of cement a day, or nearly 1 million tons a year.
"It's the fifth cement plant in Cambodia, bringing the total cement production capacity in the kingdom to about 8 million tons per year," he said.
The new plant will help reduce cement imports by a great amount, which means that Cambodia was almost 100 percent self-reliant, he said.
The prime minister said the new plant construction was to meet the rapidly growing domestic demand of cement for the construction sector.
Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said that including the Thai Boon Roong Cement Plant, Cambodia currently has five cement plants, four are situated in Kampot province and one in northwestern Battambang province.