Sri Lanka Tokyo Cement goes green to revive profitability

Sept 19, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Tokyo Cement group, whose profits dipped last year owing to higher raw material, energy and transport costs, says new eco-friendly manufacturing processes and products should help it revive profitability.

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Chairman Edgar Gunatunga said the firm has commissioned a bio-mass power plant and will soon commission a new vertical roller mill at its cement manufacturing factory in the eastern port of Trincomalee.

Tokyo Cement is a joint venture between Mitsui Mining Company, the largest coal-mining company in Japan, and the local St. Anthony’s Consolidated.

The planned 10 MW bio-mass power plant in Trincomalee would meet its entire electricity requirements with the excess power being sold to the national grid.

“Apart from considerable cost savings in the highly volatile environment for thermal power generation, the company also qualifies to obtain carbon credits,” Tokyo Cement’s joint managing directors S R Gnanam and K Yanagihara said.

Carbon credits refer to reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by operating energy efficient or eco-friendly projects that can be traded on