Heidelberg Materials granted four-year quarry permit in Slite/Sweden
The Swedish Land and Environmental Court has granted Cementa, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Materials, a four-year permit to continue quarrying operations in Slite on the Swedish Island of Gotland. After completion of the appeal period, the court’s ruling of 13 December 2022 became final today. The permit can be used immediately. Heidelberg Materials welcomes the decision, which is crucial for securing Sweden’s security of cement supply for the next four years, until a long-term quarry permit is in place.
The cement plant in Slite is of major importance for the Swedish construction industry since up to three quarters of the cement used for concrete production in Sweden are currently produced at this plant.
The Slite cement plant is also the location of Heidelberg Materials’ Slite CCS project, one of Sweden’s largest climate transition initiatives. The breakthrough project supports Sweden’s ambitious carbon emission reduction goals. The installation is scheduled to commence operations in 2030 and will be scaled to capture up to 1.8 million t of CO₂ annually, equaling 3% of the country’s total emissions. Preparations for the project have already started.