CalPortland has announced the implementation of modern industrial technology at the Oro Grande cement plant, following the recent commissioning of the new cement finish mill and loadout facilities.
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) awarded a US$339 948 grant to CalPortland in Oro Grande as a partner in the replacement of a 1987 Trackmobile with a state-of-the-art 2019 Rail King RK330. The boarding of this new, low-emission technology effectively reduces equipment emissions by an average of more than 97% compared to the old equipment.
CalPortland received the grant, which was presented by officials of the MDAQMD, during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Oro Grande plant. The ceremony included CalPortland officials and MDAQMD Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer Brad Poiriez, MDAQMD Governing Board Members Jim Cox and Dawn Rowe, and Don Holland, who represented MDAQMD Governing Board Member Robert Lovingood.
The grant is provided through the MDAQMD Mobile Source Emission Reductions Program, pursuant to the authority granted by the CA Legislature through AB 2766. The programme authorises air quality districts to impose a surcharge fee on vehicles that are registered within district jurisdiction to satisfy new responsibilities mandated under the California Clean Air Act.
“We are thrilled to have been able to work with the Mojave Desert AQMD to win this grant,” said Steve Regis, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services at CalPortland. “”It allows us to operate a new, modern rail car mover, directly replacing older equipment that had a Tier 0 engine.”
“We are happy to partner with any company in their efforts to reduce emissions and help us all breathe a little easier in the Mojave Desert,” said Poiriez. “It is great to have leaders like CalPortland who are willing to work toward making a cleaner air environment for everyone.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/06062019/calportland-continues-upgrades-at-oro-grande-plant/