As demand for raw construction materials still continues to grow in the earthquake-hit Beichuan county, part of Sichuan province, at least part of the solution is set to be provided earlier this month opening of a new cement facility - the single largest industrial project to be undertaken in the area.
The cement plant, designed to have a daily production capacity of 4800t, has been developed by the China United Cement Corp (CUCC), the nation’s second-largest cement manufacturer. The company has invested CNY780m in the project, a vital asset for the county, which was devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on May 12, 2008.
To meet the demand for cement from the infrastructure re-construction projects across the area, CUCC began work on the new facility early in 2009. It has taken them just 10 months to complete work on the factory and its production line.
The plant began to produce cement in the first week of January and will reach an annual production capacity of 2Mt.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cui Xingtai, president of CUCC, said: "The construction of the project took place under difficult conditions and encountered many challenges, including the risks of after-shocks and hazardous mud flows."
Welcoming the new facility, Xiong Bilin, director of the industrial bureau of the National Development and Reform Commission, said: "The supply of high-quality construction materials is a key issue for the success of post-quake reconstruction."