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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Europe: July 21st 2003


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:: "Green" Cement Plant to Open in the Autumn

Ireland's first environmentally friendly cement manufacturing plant is now under construction in Dublin's port area.

Ecocem, a newly launched independent cement firm, has invested E10m in the new facility which will manufacture eco-friendly cement called (Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Cement (GGBS). The new plant will be fully operational in the autumn and will initially employ 20 people.

At full capacity, Ecocem said the new facility will prevent up to 270,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by replacing traditional cement with GGBS Cement.

GGBS is used as a substitute for ordinary portland cement (OPC) in the making of concrete. It is made from granulated blast furnace slag, a by-product of the smelting of iron ore.

The high tech plant will be capable of producing up to 300,000 tonnes of GGBS annually.

The manufacture of one tonne of traditional portland cement involves the output of up to one tonne of CO2 to the atmosphere, in addition to noxious gases including sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide, according to Ecocem.




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