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Myanmar: Thailand’s Siam Cement Group (SCG) aims to produce nearly 2Mt/yr of cement at its new plant in Myanmar once the US$400m plant starts operations in 2016.

“Our new plant in the country is expected to produce 5000t/day, which is about 2Mt/yr,” said Chana Poomee, country director of SCG in Myanmar. “We see a lot of potential in Myanmar because we consider it an Asean ‘mid-land.’ There are very good opportunities here. We believe in the future of Myanmar, so we’ve decided to invest,” he said. He noted that construction had progressed well, with full support from the government and Mon State.

A new 20km road is being constructed while the company repairs many roads in the state. The SCG country director also emphasised that the company had launched a number of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to improve the lives of people in Myanmar, which include public health and medical programmes, educational support for students and community-building activities. The firm’s CSR activities also include building new schools near the plant, mobile clinics that will provide medical services to the people and renovation of pagodas in Mon State.

“We hope to be able to improve the livelihoods of people in Myanmar through economic, social and environmental development, just as SCG is doing in the other markets that it operates in,” Chana said.

He added that the local residents were satisfied with the implementation of the new cement plant. “It took a long time for us to discuss the project with the government and the people. I am sure the local people will be satisfied with our plant thanks to our community-building programmes, which will be beneficial to all of them,” said Chana.

In recent months, the firm has begun engaging with the communities around the plant site to inform them about the planned developments. “We will introduce environmentally friendly technology such as waste-heat power generation and greenhouse-gas reduction. It may be better than our plant in Thailand because of the up-to-date technology that will be used in this plant,” Chana said.

source: Global Cement