The most important construction elements in Iraq are subject to an “obscene” rise in prices
Shafaq News/ The director of the state-owned Kabaisa Cement Factory in Heet district, west of Anbar Governorate, Yassin Nafeh Yassin, revealed on Tuesday the reasons behind the highly desired cement prices in Baghdad and a number of provinces.
Yassin told Shafaq News Agency, "The Kubaisa Cement Factory has been known for its quality in Iraq since its establishment, which makes it one of the most desirable types in the local market," noting that "the main market for the sale of Kubaisa cement, after Anbar Governorate, is the capital, Baghdad. And work is being done to equip the cities of Hilla, Basra and Diyala with cement, and although there are cement factories in Karbala and Najaf, there are a number of merchants who prefer to import from the Kubaisa factory because of its quality.”
Yassin added, "Cement factories can only be established in places whose land contains raw materials and labor, and on this basis a Kubaisa cement factory was established, as it was established in an area that enjoys the presence of two basic elements in the cement industry, namely stone and dirt."
He explained that "one of the components of the cement industry, is (iron dust), and although it is located in areas close to the factory, it is imported from other areas, due to the prevention of access to those areas by the security services, under the pretext of the dangerous security situation in those areas." He concluded that "the import of this component has greatly increased the price of the cement industry's costs."
Yassin continued, "We are now working to bring this component from an area away from the plant site, about 110 km, while the quarry that contains the component is only about 40 km away from the plant site, meaning that the costs of transporting it are added to the price of cement," pointing out that "Manufacturing one ton of cement requires 2 tons of (iron dust), the costs of transporting one ton of it are 1500 dinars, and it is added to the cement price."
On the role of government authorities in Anbar, he stated that "several correspondences took place to government and security agencies, even the General Company for the Cement Industry, and the ministries of industry and transport, to address these obstacles, but to no avail."
Regarding the difficulties facing the factory’s work, Yassin noted that “one of the most important difficulties that also caused a rise in cement prices is the increase in the price of black oil, as its price has been specifically raised on us, as its price was not more than 100 dinars, and now it has Its price was 250 dinars per liter, which is an exorbitant amount in relation to the fuel and the quantities we need for the cement industry.”
He pointed out that "nearly six months ago, the factory faced a major obstacle to work, as a number of provinces prevented the import of cement from Anbar, in order to market the product of its factories, while Anbar refused to take such a step and kept its doors open to all Iraqi factories."
He indicated that "the factory had been rehabilitated after the destruction it suffered during ISIS' control of the province, which amounted to more than 70%," stressing that "the quality of the Kabaisa cement factory, imposed itself on the rest of the provinces and prompted them to cancel this aforementioned decision." .
Yassin stressed, "The quantities required to be produced according to the design plan agreed upon with the investing company, are two million tons per year, and there are attempts to reach 90% of the plan, i.e. production of one million and 800 tons, and up to 150 thousand tons per month."
He added: "After the destruction of the Qaim cement plant, on which the governorate depended for the production of resistant cement, we had to separate the Kabaisa cement plant into two lines, the first for the manufacture of ordinary cement, and the second for the manufacture of the resistor, after the plant was dedicated to the manufacture of ordinary cement only." .
And he added, "We always try to cover the entire need of the Anbar market for cement, and then the excess quantities are exported to Baghdad and other provinces," noting that "the number of government employees in the factory is about 450, and we started hiring a number of unemployed graduates, We prefer to employ the people of Kubaisa district first, then the center of Hit district and the surrounding areas, and then the people of the rest of Anbar districts, and we even employed a number of people from other governorates, where about 350 people were employed, between a contract and daily wages, and the salaries are paid through factory imports.” .
Yassin added, "We have provided job opportunities in the factory, for more than five thousand people, divided into work with 120 earth-moving mechanisms, 100 mechanisms for transporting stone, cement distribution queues and selling in the markets more than 150 cars per day, employee transport departments and others." .
Yassin concluded, "We imported modern filling machines (full automatic) from a specialized German company, and the entry of these machines into the factory is the first time in all of Iraq, and a contract was made with a Danish company to increase and develop the factory's production, which will contribute to reaching 400 production capacity. tons a day, before the end of the current year.
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