Ministry go-ahead for new cement factory, Saudi Arabia

Ministry go-ahead for new cement factory, Saudi Arabia
Published: 30 August 2007

A new cement factory planned for Hidd meets all legal requirements and poses no threat to public health, the Industry and Commerce Ministry reiterated yesterday.

It dismissed Muharraq Municipal Council’s threat to block the factory, saying it had no authority to do so.

"The Ministry of Industry and Commerce advises that all the matters related to the cement plant in Hidd are in order," it said in a statement.

It reiterated that the ministry was the sole authority as legislator and supervisor of industrial lands within its jurisdiction.

"The ministry has adhered to all environmental regulations governing granting an industrial licence to the cement plant in Hidd Industrial Area," said the statement.

"The licence was only granted when the Ministry of Industry and Commerce received all required agreements, especially of the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife.

"The Ministry of Industry and Commerce would like to assure the public that environmental cleanliness and public health are of utmost concern to the ministry.

"Moreover, the studies submitted by the investors for establishing the plant show that it utilises very advanced technology for production and it will be equipped with suitable environmental pollution protection equipment.