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Theme park built on the cement plant

UK: Lafarge Tarmac has agreed to sell land that once housed the UK's largest cement plant to allow the construction of a Euro2.56bn theme park.
The 1.37km2 Swanscombe Peninsula site in Kent has been earmarked as the home for the proposed London Paramount Entertainment Resort after developer London Resort Holding Company agreed a deal to buy the land. The sale follows an announcement in May 2014 that the resort would be designated a 'nationally significant' project.
"We take a long-term view of our landholdings from mineral extraction to development and restoration; creating jobs, supporting communities and continuing responsible environmental stewardship," said Lafarge Tarmac chief executive Cyrille Ragoucy. "We are proud to be part of this exciting project. This is a fitting legacy for land which has been owned by Lafarge Tarmac for over 140 years."
The sale is expected to go through once planning permission for the scheme is granted. London Resort Holding has already held two stages of public consultation, involving more than 4000 local people. Two more stages are planned ahead of a submission to the Planning Inspectorate in Autumn 2015.
"With this agreement in place, the vision for Kent as the home of a nationally-significant, multi-billion pound entertainment resort employing thousands of people is moving closer to becoming a reality," said David Testa, executive director of London Resort Holding. "It further underlies our commitment to delivering the project and is welcome news as we continue to consultant and engagement with the local Dartford and Gravesham communities living near the site and more widely with our interested parties."
 
6\New cement plant is set to lauch production 
Cameroon: Dangote Cement's cement plant in Cameroon is set to enter production in January 2015, according to project chief, Baba Abduhallï. The plant was built on the banks of the Wouri River. It has already received its first raw material shipments from a quarry in the city of Tombel, which Dangote Cement Cameroon has approval to use for five years.
Initially, Dangote Cement Cameroon plans to produce 1.5Mt/yr of cement, raising national production to around 3.6Mt/yr, including 500,000t/yr from the Moroccan company, CIMAF and 1.6Mt/yr for Cimencam, Lafarge's subsidiary.
 
 
5\A Cement plant halts production 
Nepal: On 13 January 2015, Ghorahai Cement Industry (GCI) stopped production due to a protest by its tipper operators. The tippers, which supply raw materials to the cement plant, have remained off the roads for the past nine days, putting pressure on Ghorahai to increase transportation charge.
"We have not been able to produce cement for the past nine days as tipper operators are not supplying raw materials to the factory," said a company official. Ghorahi Cement, which is located in Laxmipur, Dang Deokhuri District, produces Sagarmatha brand cement.
Tipper operators have asked the cement industry to increase transportation charge by US$1.49/t to US$6.48/t. They said that the cement plant has not revised its transportation charges for the past 18 months. Tipper operators launched protests after the industry refused to raise the transportation charge.
"We had been demanding revision in transportation charges for a long time," said Bharatnath Yogi, senior vice president of the Tipper Operators Committee of Dang. "We were forced launch the strike after the industry showed reluctance to address our demand."
Showing solidarity to the tipper operators' protest, truck operators have also stopped supplying cement and clinker manufactured by the industry to the market. Due to the protest, finished cement products remain in the plant's warehouses. According to a Ghorahi Cement official, 32,000t of clinker produced by the cement industry has remained unsold.
"Tipper operators have been pushing for a hike in transportation charges at a time when the price of petroleum products is coming down. This is not logical," said the Ghorahi Cement official.
 
 
4\Fights against the cement plant to re-open
India: Navjawan Sangharsh Morcha MLA and former minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi have urged the Jharkhand Government to initiate steps to re-open the Japla cement plant in Palamau, which was closed several years ago. Sahi said that the Government should also take steps to re-open the Bhavnathpur power plant. He added that the Government should outline funds in the main budget in March 2015 for its development, including water availability.
 
3\billions USD of investment
India: Kumar Mangalam Birla has said that the Aditya Birla Group will invest US$3.19bn in Gujarat State to ramp up capacities across various existing facilities.
"We will be continuing to grow our businesses here," said Birla. "On the anvil are brownfield expansions at our cement plant in Sevagram, the viscose staple fibre (VSF) plants in Vilayat and Bharuch and expansions of our metal plants, among others. Our investments will be close to US$3.19bn."
He added that Gujarat is the group's preferred investment destination in India. "We're greatly impressed by the proactive approach of Government of Gujarat. I have a personal bias for the state," said Birla. He added that it was not tax sops, but delivery of high-quality infrastructure that makes it the group's preferred state.
 
 
 
2\New co-operation announced in Germany
Germany: N+P has announced that it will expand its cooperation for the delivery of high quality Subcoal® pellets with Dyckerhoff in Germany.
Subcoal is produced at the Qlyte plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The Qlyte facility produces about 65,000t/yr of Subcoal pellets, consuming around 100,000t/yr of non-recyclable paper-plastic waste fractions that otherwise would have ended in landfill or waste incineration. The Subcoal is used to replace lignite dust or bituminous coal at cement kilns, power stations and lime kilns.
Dyckerhoff started to use Subcoal in 2013. N+P and Dyckerhoff have since worked together to improve the alternative fuel for optimal use in its kilns. The cooperation has led to a new Subcoal fuel that is used at the Dyckerhoff kiln in Lengerich. The kiln in Geseke will continue to use the standard Subcoal quality.
 
 
1\Protests held against cement companies 
Colombia: Demonstrations have been held in Boyaca, Colombia by residents from Firavitoba and Tibasosa in order to protest against the operations of cement manufacturers Cementos del Oriente, Cementos Tequendama, Holcim and Cementos Argos. The communities claim that the cement operations are having a harmful effect on their health and are affecting the state of the local roads. Local authorities have agreed to meet with representatives from the communities on 19 January 2015 to discuss the matter.