Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced Tuesday that it has been named the primary cement supplier for the first phase of Reventazón hydroelectric plant project in Costa Rica. The $1.2 billion plant will be the largest of its kind in Central America when the 311 megawatt facility reaches completion in 2016. As the primary supplier, Cemex will provide 50,000 tons of cement for the first phase of this project.
The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, which is in charge of the plant’s construction, had several specific requirements for the cement used in the hydroelectric plant. As such, Cemex is providing cement that has a low heat hydration, high workability, and improved durability, in order to meet these requirements.
“We are honored to have been selected as the supplier for this significant renewable energy project, not only because of its scale and importance to the country of Costa Rica,
but also because it represents an important opportunity to
provide our customers with a unique solution with our special cement products.” says Carlos González, Cemex Costa Rica president.
Cemex is one of the largest building materials companies in Central America with a cement production capacity of 3.3 million metric tons a year in three cement plants and two grinding mills located in Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The company also has 30 ready-mix concrete plants and seven aggregate quarries in the region.
Cemex in Costa Rica has 11 cement and mortar products in its Sanson line. Two of them were introduced earlier this year: Pegacerámica Premium and Repello Proyectable. Pegaceramica Premium is a mix of cement, selected aggregates, and latex-based additives that makes it ideal for adhering flooring with low or no absorption, such as porcelain and marble. Repello Proyectable is ideal for the first layer of spackle on concrete surfaces and is applied with a spackling machine that reduces waste and increases productivity, the company said.