BOGOTA, March 30 Cemex Latam Holdings, a unit of
Mexican cement company Cemex, said on Thursday it would use only
a portion of capacity at a new cement plant after Colombian
environmental authorities denied the company permission for
Cemex had asked the regional environmental authority of
Antioquia, in north western Colombia, for a license to build a
plant with production capacity of 950,000 tonnes, but the
request was denied.
Still, Cemex said in a statement that it would continue
construction of the $340-million plant, near Maceo in Antioquia
province, but keep output at only 250,000 tonnes a year.
"I will continue our project to finish the plant with the
capacity to produce 250,000 tonnes of cement, but in the future
we will request authorization again through a new delimitation
of the current mining title," a company source told Reuters.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Helen Murphy;
editing by Diane Craft)