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Dunbar hosts visit by energy minister

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The Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy was recently given the opportunity to find out how energy is used in the cement-making process on a recent visit to Tarmac’s Dunbar plant. The visit comes as the Scottish government looks to finalise a new energy strategy for Scotland, due to be published by the end of the year.

Dunbar Plant Manager, Oliver Curtin, was “delighted to welcome the minister” to the plant “at this important point in the policy development process.”

“As we walked the minister through the cement-making process, we were very pleased to update him on various aspects of energy use in our process,” Curtin added.

For his part, the minister, Paul Wheelhouse, affirmed the Scottish government’s commitment to supporting Scottish manufacturing and its role in the wider Scottish economy.

“Companies like Tarmac are essential to informing what [the new energy strategy] will look like,” said Wheelhouse. “The represent a good example of an organisation taking positive steps towards improving their energy and resource efficiency.”

Opened in 1963, the Dunbar plant became part of Tarmac in 2013. The site employs around 130 people, providing an estimated £8 million to the local economy through salaries, taxes, and contracts with local suppliers. Part of Ireland-based CRH, Tarmac is a leading supplier of building materials to the UK construction industry.

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