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Ecocem opens second UK import terminal

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Ecocem Ireland, a supplier of low-carbon cement, has launched its second UK-based bulk import terminal at Sheerness in the Port of Medway. The £2.5 million terminal has been developed in partnership with Peel Ports with the aim of opening up the construction market in London and the southeast of England.

The Sheerness facility will increase Ecocem Ireland’s import capacity into the UK by 0.25 million tpy. It builds on the company’s existing bulk import terminal at Runcorn, which opened in early 2016. The project forms part of Ecocem’s strategy to develop export markets from its existing production facilities in Ireland, France, and Holland.

“Our second investment in the UK in a state-of-the-art import facility demonstrates to the market the need for the low carbon cement alternative and the growing demand from the UK construction industry,” said Micheál McKittrick, Managing Director of Ecocem Ireland. “We have already engaged in long term agreements with major concrete manufacturers in the UK and will continue to build momentum in the coming months”.

According to Ecocem, its cement is the best available technology for minimizing the environmental impact of concrete, while maximizing its technical performance. It is already widely used in Ireland and has been used in the UK in projects such as the Shard in London.

While demand of lower-carbon cement Is rising in the UK and Europe – a result of the Paris Agreement – UK supplies of supplementary cementitious materials, such as power plant flyash and ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS), which help to reduce the carbon footprint of cement, are closing down.

“The UK concrete industry has long appreciated the technical superiority of using alternatives, such as GGBS, and Ecocem are now in a very strong position to service this opportunity from the facilities in Runcorn and Sheerness,” the company said in a press release.

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