Building materials solutions company CEMEX UK and Forth Ports today celebrated the approval of plans for a new facility for the manufacturing of blended cements at the Port of Tilbury in Essex.
The development was marked in a ceremony, where guests included the Mayor of Thurrock, representatives from the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and a number of local stakeholders.
CEMEX couples financial achievements with a firm commitment to sustainable development and the new £27 million Tilbury facility is an example of the company's sustainability agenda being put into practice. CEMEX UK is investing in the future built environment, while at the same time re-using materials to produce blended cement and reducing emissions in the process.
The primary product manufactured on site will be CEM3 - a blend of traditional cement and slag - which is suitable for all types of concrete applications, including housing, hospitals, schools and roads. CEM3 gives improved workability in unhardened concrete and improves the long-term durability of concrete structures particularly those that are subjected to aggressive environments.
The new 1.2 million tonne facility will be well placed to help meet demand for the cement required for the sustainable construction challenges of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It has also been welcomed by Thurrock Council as an integral part of the regeneration efforts to transform the area and support London's expanding population.
Based on the reduced clinker content, emissions of CO2 are reduced by 50% for each tonne of blended cement produced. At Tilbury, this would result in a saving of 600,000 tonnes per annum, the equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of more than 240,000 cars.
The benefits of CEM3 will be complemented by CEMEX UK's extensive network of London wharfs and depots, connected by a system of river and rail transport to further minimise emissions and relieve the pressure on congested roads.
The Tilbury facility is expected to come on stream in 2008 and marks a step-change in the industry by producing CEM3 in purpose-built, factory-controlled conditions. This will ensure quality control and product consistency, as well as safety for a permanent and well trained work force.
Additional benefits are likely to include increased productivity and reductions in energy use and materials wastage.
CEMEX CEMEX is a growing global building solutions company that provides high quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2006, the company has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through its efforts to pursue innovative industry solutions and efficiency advancements and to promote a sustainable future.
For more information, visit www.cemex.com.
Forth Ports PLC Forth Ports PLC is a listed company which owns and operates six ports in Scotland in the Forth and Tay estuaries and also London's major port at Tilbury in Essex. For more information, visit www.forthports.co.uk. Artist's impression of what the Tilbury plant may look like: