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Modern ecological cement plant begins production

PLanta de carbon CubaThe first low carbon cement plant (LC3) of its kind in the world, began operations at Las Villas Marta Abreu Central University, with Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez on hand, a Political Bureau member and vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers.

According to Dr. José Fernando Martirena, director of the Structures and Materials Research and Development Center (CIDEM) at the university, at full capacity, the plant will be able to produce between eight and 10 tons of cement daily.

This start-up will have a positive impact on programs directed toward strengthening the production of construction materials to address the country’s housing problem,

Dr. Martirena said, while explaining that the project is the result of a cooperative effort with Switzerland, Habitat 2, and the IPIAC enterprise, as well as the local government.

The small plant will operate continuously with staff working two 12-hour shifts for a period of six months, followed by a shutdown for required maintenance, before resuming production.

The effort reflects a practice emphasized by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who has repeatedly called for universities to participate more actively in local production processes, Dr. Martirena added.

Argelio Abad Vigoa, director of the research institute’s Geominera enterprise, in charge of operating the new plant, explained to Granma that required raw materials are guaranteed, since studies were conducted previously of kaolinitic clay, calcium carbonate, and gypsum deposits within the province, while the workforce has been fully trained.

Abad Vigoa reported that 20 similar plants are projected in various regions around the country including one in the Villa Clara municipality of Remedios, where abundant deposits of raw materials exist that can supply a plant for several years.

Prior to this visit, Ramiro Valdés toured other sites of economic importance in the province, including the new Sosa chorine plant, and the cauldron manufacturer in Sagua la Grande, in addition to the Mechanical Plant and Santa Clara’s printing facility.

The Cuban Vice President also reviewed progress being made on the regional housing program, and on efforts to better control gasoline usage, among other projects.

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