Bhutan: feasibility study completed for new plant

Bhutan: feasibility study completed for new plant
Published: 26 August 2014

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The feasibility study for a new cement plant in Bhutan has been completed, marking the first such proposal to receive the go-ahead in the Zhemgang district.

The proposed cement works must now obtain clearances from the Department of Geology and Mines and National Environment Commission. Should the project proceed as planned, the cement plant will be located at in an area called Nyge-zer in Digala Chiwog under the Bardo Gewog region.

The plant has been approved because of the socio-economic benefits it would bring. The Zhemgang Dzongkhag Tshogdu (District Council) hopes the cement plant would help alleviate rural poverty in the nearby communities through economic growth. Some of the Dzongkhag Tshogdu members added that if the cement plant comes to fruition, it would also help the upcoming 770MW Chamkharchh Hydropower Project I and II.

Local leaders have in the past received proposals for cement, lime and other quarries, all of which have been rejected.