Taiheiyo to start burning disaster debris at Ofunato plant, Japan

Taiheiyo to start burning disaster debris at Ofunato plant, Japan
Published: 14 June 2011

Taiheiyo Cement Corp. said Monday it will start incinerating debris left by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in two cities in Iwate Prefecture at its plant in Ofunato next week as part of efforts to reconstruct the cities devastated by the disasters.

Japan’s largest cement producer will burn debris mainly from collapsed houses scattered around the cities of Ofunato and Rikuzentakata from June 22 using its Kiln No 5, which is located on higher ground and avoided damage.

The company halted production of cement at the plant after its furnaces were damaged by the massive tsunami following the earthquake. But it decided to make use of the No.5 kiln to burn the debris at the requests of the local governments, the company said.

The company will incinerate 300tpd of debris at least until around the end of August, the company said. It may also consider expanding the areas from which it will accept rubble as the Iwate prefectural government has asked it to do so, according to a company official.