Sri Lanka cement plant asked to cut dust emissions at Galle Port

ECONOMYNEXT – A cement grinding plant at Galle, in Southern Sri Lanka, has been asked to cut emissions at a nearby port or shift operations to another location, Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said.

Control of the Galle cement plant, which was part of Holcim Lafarge, has passed to Thailand’s Siam City Cement of Thailand, following a recent takeover.

A grinding plant will typically import raw materials such as clinker and gypsum from a nearby port.

Ranatunga told members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of Sri Lanka that the plant may have to shift operations if it cannot raise environmental standards at the port.

However,, there was technology used elsewhere in the world that was capable of combatting dust, which could be used to avoid a relocation, he said.

State-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority wanted to make Galle Port cleaner ahead of building a marina. Galle is a top tourism hotspot. (Colombo/Aug30/2016)

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