It is the first integrated cement plant in Malaysia which uses renewable fuels such as heavy fuel oil derived from refined recovered oils, palm kernel shells and bio char.
The Borneo Post reported that the work on the project started in 2017, following detailed feasibility studies and considering the various infrastructure challenges.
MTSB, which is 30%-owned by BornOil, says the integrated clinker and cement manufacturing plant is designed with great emphasis on environmental protection and efficient energy use. It is located near to a limestone and marble quarry in the state of Sabah, north Borneo.
The plant utilises a heat-recovery system that is able to generate part of its energy requirements and recycles all of its water, relying heavily on rainwater collection which is stored and treated internally. The plant is part of an integrated limestone processing complex (ILPP) which aims to create an economic value chain utilising natural resources to produce a range of limestone-derived products such as crushed limestone powder, aggregates, hydrated lime, clinker, cement, concrete and other related products for local use as well as export.
The ILPP will employ up to 250 people on-site and will train employees in all aspects of the limestone and cement manufacturing business.