Holcim Vietnam Cement Ltd., Co will develop a facility which produces electricity from waste energy for cement production at its Hon Chong cement plant, located in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang , in early February, 2011.

Addressing at a Jan. 10 press briefing in HCM City, Holcim Vietnam’s Director General Gerhard Schutz said the 6.3 MW facility will use heat of exhaust fumes from the cement kiln system to produce electricity.

The facility is expected to help reduce power consumption from the national power grid, harmful impacts to environment as well as production costs, Gerhard Schutz noted.

The project will be constructed at a total cost of 28 million USD, of which 10 million USD will be used for maintenance.

Once operational, slated for August, 2012, the facility will churn out about 44 million kWh per year, sufficient to ensure electricity for 88 days of operation of Hon Chong cement plant, saving more than 9,000 tonnes of coal and reducing 25,300 tonnes of CO2 discharged each year./.