Vallejo, California proposed cement mill by Orcem.

Orcem America's Effort to Establish California's First Low-Carbon Sustainable Cement Facility in Vallejo Ends


Plans by Orcem Americas [a subsidiary of Ecocem Materials Ltd.] to establish California’s first low-carbon sustainable cement facility in Vallejo, California ended Friday, May 24th by its co-applicant, Vallejo Marine Terminal. 

After a 7-year effort (including the past 16 months since the Vallejo City Council directed the City Manager to ensure completion of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the City Council’s certification), Orcem’s co-applicant, Vallejo Marine Terminal, dropped its support of the project.

Despite the process and work promised by city staff remaining incomplete and coming to an unfortunate end, it has been our privilege to work with the many outstanding city leaders, businesspeople and labor leaders who shared their support for meaningful economic development in Vallejo over the last few years. We sincerely thank them for their commitment and sacrifices in support of our project.   

Orcem [and their parent company, Ecocem] shares in the disappointment of those who hoped to realize the many benefits our project would have brought to the Vallejo community and the region: approximately 200 living-wage jobs for Vallejoans; tens of millions of dollars in private investment in transportation and safety infrastructure; $2 million in tax revenue for the city, county and state; an additional $23 million in annual economic activity; and a sustainable building technology that is essential for California should it aim to achieve its plans for a zero carbon emission economy by 2045.  

Orcem’s Vallejo project would have reduced CO2  emissions compared to the use of traditional portland cement by 600,000 tons per year.

We wish our many supporters the very best in their ongoing efforts to revitalize underserved areas of Vallejo, combat climate change and support economic justice. The world needs California and Vallejo to be part of these vital struggles for all our futures.

Project Overview

Orcem has filed for a Use Permit with the City of Vallejo to transform the General Mills site into a state-of-the-art green cement mill.

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Sustainable Product

Orcem uses recycled materials to manufacture a cement supplement called Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBFS), commonly known as “green” cement, due to its environmental qualifications. GGBFS’s production requires much less energy to produce, and as a result, significantly reduces emissions in comparison to traditional portland cement.
 

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