Lehigh Hanson Inc. has announced that its Lehigh Cement Co. plant in Mitchell, Indiana, has received the permit necessary to begin the construction of a new plant. The permit was received from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), which issued a notice of decision stating that Lehigh Cement Co.’s application for significant modification of its Part 70 Operating Permit was approved. IDEM’s Office of Air Quality issued the new permit, allowing Lehigh to construct a new cement kiln system and material handling equipment at its site in Mitchell. The company will invest more than US$600 million in the new plant, making it the largest expansion project undertaken by Lehigh Hanson in North America.
The permit approval follows a 30 day public comment period, during which the majority of comments received by IDEM consisted of letters of support from the community. This project will create new full-time jobs at the plant, and the number of indirect jobs being created is expected to make a significant economic impact on the city and county.
The company has stated that the heart of cement manufacturing is the cement kiln. For the new plant, Lehigh will install one kiln, which will replace its current three kilns. The new kiln system will increase production capacity while also reducing energy usage and emissions per tonne of cement produced.
Notable economic and environmental benefits of the Mitchell plant include the following: over 1000 construction positions during construction; technical training and growth opportunities for plant employees; state-of-the-art technology to improve operating efficiencies; thermal efficiencies; waste heat recirculation and utilisation; and recycling and energy efficiencies.
When the project was announced in July 2018, Lehigh established a community advisory panel consisting of local business people, educators, elected officials, and other residents representing a cross-section of the community. The panel meets to discuss project progress, and community input and questions, and will continue to meet regularly throughout the construction process.
Groundbreaking for the new plant is expected later this year, with completion and startup expected in 3Q22.
“The issuance of the air construction permit is an integral step in the process to build the new plant in Mitchell,” said Tom Chizmadia, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. “As a result, over the next several months there will be various activities taking place to prepare the site for full-scale construction, which is scheduled to begin next year.”
“For generations, Lehigh has played an important role in the Mitchell community and Lawrence County, and our dedicated and hard-working employees will continue this rich tradition as we expand and modernise our operations,” said Jerry Miller, Mitchell Plant Manager. “We will continue to contribute to the positive legacy in Mitchell for years to come.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/10072019/lehigh-cement-co-receives-air-permit-for-new-plant/