Orcem plans 'green' cement plant at Vallejo terminal

[caption id="attachment_95218" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Orcem's planned Vallejo cement plant, shown here in an artist's rendering, is scheduled to be operational by the second quarter of 2016.[/caption]

VALLEJO -- Orcem Americas, Inc., plans to build a $50 million "green" cement manufacturing facility on 4.8 acres that are part of the Vallejo Marine Terminal across from the Mare Island waterfront.

Orcem signed a 65-year lease for that part of the 34.3-acre terminal, the former home of a General Mills flour processing facility.

[caption id="attachment_95219" align="alignright" width="300"] At the June 12, 2014, announcement of the $50 million Orcem cement plant on Mare Island in Vallejo were (from left) Sandy Person, Solano Economic Development Corp. president; Bill Browne, MANEX director of workforce and economic development; Kish Rajan, director of Governor Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); Orcem President Stephen Bryan and Rich Cortola, president and CEO of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.[/caption]

This project has an investment budget of $50 million and will involve 140,000 hours of union labor, according to Orcem President Stephen Bryan. Once California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) certification is obtained, construction is set to run 18 months, positioning the plant for commissioning in the second quarter of 2016.

When fully operational, this plant is set to employ about 60, produce 2,200 tons of cement per day and have an almost zero carbon dioxide--equivalent emissions footprint. Emissions saving are projected to be 0.8 tons of gases per ton of cement produced.

The announcement came during a joint "Manufacturing Matters" meeting of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and the Solano Economic Development Commission on June 12 attended by nearly 100 local business leaders and representatives of elected officials at the Vallejo Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

Orcem is the U.S. subsidiary of privately held Ecocem Materials Ltd., based in Dublin, Ireland. Other plants are in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Marseilles, France, and Dublin.

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