Minister visits Lafarge's Cookstown Works to see investment projects

Minister visits Lafarge's Cookstown Works to see investment projects
Published: 13 December 2012


Lafarge Cement welcomed the UK's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster to its Cookstown works, Northern Ireland, on 7 December to see a range of significant investment projects worth in excess of GBP5m (EUR6.2m). During her visit to the Works, the Minister was able to see at first hand the new projects which will deliver improved performance at the site in a number of operational areas.
 
During her tour of the site the Minister met employees who were able to present the projects.  One of the presentations was the refurbishment of the kiln electrostatic precipitator which improves overall emissions performance. This overhaul will ensure compliance with the future requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive. The Minister also heard about the Cement Kiln Dust (CKD) project which has achieved a reduction of 8000t of CKD waste to landfill to almost zero.
 
Further plans for Cookstown Works were also showcased, including planned upgrade of the Works’ Central Control Room (CCR) which is the heart of the operation of the Works. The Minister was also able to learn more about the Works’ apprenticeship scheme, which saw two new apprentices join the Works team in 2012 with a further two apprentice opportunities planned for 2013.
 
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “I welcome Lafarge Cement’s multi-million pound investment in its Cookstown plant, as it demonstrates the company’s confidence in its local workforce, and in Northern Ireland as a whole.
 
“This is a difficult time for the construction industry and it is therefore particularly pleasing to see that the company is investing in its future by upgrading its current facilities and creating opportunities for apprenticeships.”
 
Speaking on behalf of Lafarge, Rajeev Ramankutty, Industrial Director said: “We were delighted that the Minister was able to visit Cookstown Works today as it is an integral part of our cement network.  The Works is already a global leader for safety performance for Lafarge and the latest investment projects and apprenticeships will further improve our manufacturing processes and environmental management, as well as bringing additional skills and expertise to the team.