Dutch cement factory ENCI will stop extracting marl from the quarry near Sint Pietersberg southern Netherlands, regional media said. NCI will inform its personnel, workers’ council and the trade unions on October 19, 2004.
In case the marl extracting operations in Sint Pietersberg are terminated, a major part of ENCI’s 350 employees will have to be laid off.
The Provincial Executive of the southern Dutch province of Limburg, where Sint Pietersberg is located, said on September 9, 2004 it would grant permission to ENCI to extract marl from the quarry until 2029. The Provincial Executive is expected to react to ENCI’s announcement by October 19, 2004.
Local foundation ENCI-stop has been trying for years to stop the activities at Sint Pietersberg quarry. Marl extracting activities in Sint Pietersberg are actually prohibited as from 2010. According to the foundation, Limburg province authorities are to blame for any consequent layoffs at ENCI.
According to the regional media, ENCI will continue focusing on grinding and packaging of cement for the Dutch market in the future.