Lafarge Chile has inaugurated a new cement plant in southern city Puerto Montt, in region X, local press reported.
The plant required a US$30m investment and will have the capacity to produce an annual 300,000t, increasing the company’s production capacity to 1.9Mta.
The plant is the southern most facility of its kind in Chile and will supply the company’s increasing demand in the area, mainly in regions IX to XII.
The initiative is part of Lafarge Chile’s growth strategy, which seeks to consolidate the firm as the leading cement company in the country, as well as promoting the country’s development, general manager Xavier Blondot said.
According to Blondot, the plant’s technology allows the firm to control, mitigate and monitor environmental impact during the entire productive process.
The plant also includes a clinker reception dome in region X’s Calbuco port with capacity to store 50,000t of the material.
Lafarge Chile will also launch the construction of a new cement plant in central Chile’s Puerto Ventanas during the second quarter of this year.
The plant will require an investment of about US$50mn and will have the capacity to produce 600,000tpa.
The new plant is slated to begin operations by end-2009. The company will then reach a production capacity of 2.5Mta.