Lafarge invests UK£1.7m in quarrying and asphalt

Lafarge invests UK£1.7m in quarrying and asphalt
Published: 28 September 2006

Lafarge has significantly increased its investment in South Wales. The company is spending nearly UK£1m on developments at Ewenny quarry, near Bridgend, and a further UK£700,000 in hot asphalt batching at Hafod quarry, Newbridge. 
 
Last year, the company took over Ewenny quarry from Minimi. It has now launched a development programme there, investing in a new concrete batching plant, driving new quarry access roads and re- positioning the aggregate crushing plant. 
 
The latter has been moved and re-established in a quarry bowl on the far side of a ridge from the village of Ewenny. 
 
The ridge, despite being a source of prime limestone, will be kept as a sound and vision baffle. 
 
The ’hot batching’ development at Hafod quarry, Newbridge, will enable customers, such as Caerphilly County Borough Council, to collect asphalt as and when they require it. 
 
Lafarge’s general manager for South Wales, Andrew Jones, said: ’The investments represent a major commitment by Lafarge in sustainable quarrying activities in South Wales.’