Situated close to the CCI river port of Portes-lès-Valence (in the Drôme region) and linked by rail, the Rhône Ciments site, with an annual production capacity of around 250,000 metric tons, will serve the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Occitania markets.
Building permits were given and the environmental ICPE authorization licence was granted in June 2019.
The construction of the factory started in July 2019.The first cement will be produced in the first quarter of 2021 and the premier level certification (CE marking) will be obtained in the second quarter of 2021. Lastly, the French standards NF labelling is expected byFebruary 2022.
To date the industrial structure is completed and the cladding is being installed.
So far, the location has already allowed for the creation of 6 direct jobs and is currently generating significant activity for local construction and service companies.
Ultimately, the site will employ 33 direct jobs and will generate just as many indirect jobs.
On site, special attention has been given to the integration of the factory into the local landscape visible from the banks of the Rhône and to the preservation of the biodiversity, which is especially rich in this area. Notably, compensatory measures have been put into place in partnership with the local authorities, the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, the specialist cabinet EGIS and the Drôme region League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) in order to preserve the natural habitat of the Large Blue butterfly, as well as other species.