JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC has been granted environmental authorisation for the second phase of its Western Cape modernisation strategy, which would see the company replace two ageing cement kilns at the Riebeeck plant with a new five-stage preheater kiln.
The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning granted the authorisation, marking the conclusion of the environmental-impact assessment. PPC pointed out that, in terms of the legislative process, the decision could still be appealed.
PPC recently completed the first phase of the modernisation strategy; a R280-million upgrade of a cement kiln at the De Hoek plant near Piketberg, resulting in improved environmental and thermal efficiencies.
The upgraded cement kiln, which was originally commissioned in 1980, would now achieve similar efficiencies as modern-day kilns.
PPC embarked on the modernisation strategy to ensure that it would have competitive, energy efficient plants that comply with future changes to South African environmental legislation.
The company estimated that the complete modernisation strategy would be sufficient to meet Western Cape cement demand for the next decade.