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7th september 2016


ECOCEM France is to set up a plant for the production of environmentally-friendly cement from blast-furnace slag in Dunkirk, six years after commissioning the same type of installation at Fos-sur-mer.

On Friday 2 September 2016 the representatives of ECOCEM France, ArcelorMittal and Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque met to sign the lease for a plot of 4 hectares, on which ECOCEM will set up a grinding plant with an ultimate capacity of 1.4 million tonnes.

This new installation is the fruit of a cooperation between ECOCEM and ArcelorMittal. ECOCEM will convert the steel slag (an ingredient used in the production of their cements), using a sophisticated technology which makes the end product more environmentally-friendly, technically more efficient and more competitive, as well as aesthetic. The project represents a total investment of 47 million Euros over three years, generating the creation of 37 direct jobs and 40 during the construction phase, which is expected to last approximately 15 months. This new activity will also have positive impacts in terms of port traffic and orders for subcontracting. The production capacity will be 750,000 tonnes a year in Phase 1, with the potential of doubling this figure after extension.

"The deconstruction of the old DK4 power plant was an opportunity for ECOCEM to take over an industrial brownfield site close to ArcelorMittal and the maritime quays," said Patrick Grace, Administrator of ECOCEM France. "The short procurement circuits and the possibility of using blast-furnace gas to supply our process will help us achieve our targets for reducing CO2 emissions."

Philippe Valette, Director of ArcelorMittal's Dunkirk facility, commented: "Our partnership with ECOCEM will help us develop the recycling of our blast-furnace slag through an environmentally-friendly sector and through local jobs and investments. This initiative is in line with our goal of continuous improvement in the recycling of our production residues. In France, ArcelorMittal currently recycles 88% of these residues."

Stéphane Raison, CEO of Dunkerque-Port, expressed his satisfaction: "Dunkerque-Port and the local authorities have been fully mobilised in recent months to make ECOCEM's decision a reality. In choosing this location, ECOCEM has proved that "industrial ecology" are not empty words for the Port of Dunkirk. Implementing circular-economy solutions is a priority development guideline for the Grand Port Maritime, and our technical and commercial staff work towards it on a daily basis."

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