Government plans to build new cement plant in Hpa-an

FUNDED by Kayin State government, a cement plant will be established in Hpa-an Township, with plans to produce cement with the use of coal, said Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, the state chief minister.

This comes from a recent meeting between region authorities and the public, who disagreed to a plan to carry out cement manufacturing at the 4,000-tonne Myainggalay Cement Plant with the use of coal. The plant has used natural gas as energy source for its cement production.

State authorities plan to build a cement factory near Mizan Mountain which will produce cement powder from coal, which is used as an energy source in cement production, said Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, who promised the residents to continue regional development tasks.

She added that the authorities met with medical experts from Hpa-an General Hospital and discussed the possible negative impacts caused by cement production in the region.

Cement is critical to the construction industry. It is made from a mixture of calcium carbonate, silica, iron oxide and alumina.

Large volume of energy are required to produce cement, with kilns usually burning coal in the form of powder and consuming about 450g of coal for about 900g of cement produced.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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