Albania Renews Licence to Elbasan

Albania Renews Licence to Elbasan
Published: 28 October 2004

Albania’s Environment Ministry has renewed the operating licence to the Elbasan cement plant in central Albania after the facility fulfilled the ministry’s requirements to reduce air pollution.  The plant had installed emission filters and improved production technology, succeeding to cut hazardous emissions within the specified timeframe, the ministry said in a statement made available on Wednesday.  The Elbasan Cement Factory is owned by the Lebanese cement group Seament.

This summer, the ministry launched an intensive fight against air pollution in central Albania. It was aimed at reducing air pollution in the capital Tirana caused by heavy traffic and in the industrial city of Elbasan, where units of Italian copper smelter Darfo and Turkish iron and steel maker Kurum are also located.  In March, the ministry fined the three plants for failing to take adequate measures against environment pollution.  Air pollution in the country is around three times higher than the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, according to statistics carried by Albanian media earlier this year.