Sweden: Cementa says it is considering decommissioning clinker and cement production at its 0.3Mt/yr Degerhamn plant due to increased environmental regulations. Production will be shifted to other local plants at Slite on Gotland and Brevik in Norway, and the site retained as a port terminal.
The subsidiary of Germany’s HeidelbergCement said that although the unit had made several investments over the years to reduce its environmental impact its production equipment was difficult to adapt to future requirements for lower CO2 emissions. Concentrating production to the other plants would mean a reduction in CO2 emissions of 260,000t/yr.
75 employees work at the plant at Degerhamn. Union negotiations will start immediately and upon their conclusion the cement producer will make a final decision about the future of the plant. If decommissioning goes ahead then clinker and cement production will cease in 2019.