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CEMEX España plans for re-opening of Lloseta cement plant

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CEMEX has communicated to the Balearic Islands Environmental Commission (CMAIB) its intention to proceed in the coming weeks to resume production activity at its factory in Lloseta, producing a cement with specific benefits for certain clients in the Balearic Islands, in a sustainable and resilient construction environment. Said communication is produced in response to the office directed by the environmental body, in accordance with the provisions of the regulations that regulate the integrated activity of cement plants.

The resumption of cement production in Lloseta will be carried out considering the current context derived from the crisis caused by COVID-19 and according to the evolution of the market. For this reason, the factory plans to operate based on demand and the specific needs of this customer segment and, for the moment, with the current staff of the plant.

Since the production stoppage in January 2019, CEMEX has continued to carry out maintenance and conservation work, so the plant is in perfect operating condition to start producing with all the environmental and health and safety guarantees. Proof of this is that the plant has carried out several furnace startups in that period with the production of small batches of clinker, the last of them in August 2020.

The resumption of production will be carried out complying at all times with the operating conditions and the controls established in the Integrated Environmental Authorisation of the plant, which continues to have the other necessary permits.

CEMEX has not left the Balearic Islands. Since the stoppage of the factory's production, the company has continued to offer all its customers on the islands constructive, innovative products and solutions with the same quality, thus contributing to the continued execution of relevant building works and infrastructures for the Balearic Islands. As it underlined in 2018, it has maintained the rest of its operations on the islands.

In addition, faithful to its commitment to this territory, it has actively and decisively promoted and promoted the identification and development of various projects for the reindustrialisation of Lloseta to minimise the impact of the Lloseta production stop, both in employment and in the generation of added value in its environment.

Of all of them, the Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca (P2GHM) project is the most relevant and, without a doubt, the best example of responsible public and private management and collaboration. This project, led by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and the Balearic Government, and promoted by Acciona, Enagas, Redexis, IDAE and CEMEX itself, is part of the European project called Green Hysland. P2GHM will generate wealth and employment in the area, both in its first construction phase and in its subsequent operation and maintenance phase.

CEMEX does not rule out that, in the future, the Lloseta factory may adapt and become an industrial benchmark, inside and outside of Spain, in the use of green hydrogen from P2GHM for the manufacture of cements with a low carbon footprint. This ambition is fully aligned with CEMEX's strategy and policies on Climate Action.

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