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Lafarge opens new cement mill in Rizal

Lafarge Republic Inc. on Wednesday inaugurated a new P892-million cement mill at its Teresa  plant in Rizal province, increasing the plant’s production capacity by more than 50 percent.

Lafarge said the new grinding mill could produce 850,000 tons of cement annually, a 50-percent increase in capacity that is expected to bring the Teresa plant’s annual production to 2 million metric tons.

“We aim to keep country abreast with the latest cement production technologies and support its growth,” said Lafarge Republic president Renato Sunico.

Sunico said Lafarge contracted Fives FCB to build the fully-automatic, zero-water spray consumption, energy-efficient and zero-noise pollution FCB Horomill.

About 30 percent of the Teresa plant’s energy requirement is sourced from its waste heat recovery system, which utilizes excess heat from the plant and generates 4.5 megawatts of electricity.

“In line with Lafarge’s sustainability ambition 2020 to reduce its CO2 emissions by 33 percent and use 50 percent of non-fossil fuels in our cement plants, we aim to pursue growth that positively impacts both the economy and the environment,” Sunico said.

Lafarge has an established presence in the Philippines through Lafarge Holdings Inc. and its associated companies which include Lafarge Republic Inc., Lafarge Iligan Inc., Lafarge Mindanao Inc., Lafarge Republic Aggregates Corp. and Lafarge Cement Services Inc.

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