CEMEX open new wharf at Dagenham
New wharf on north side of river Thames to service growing markets in central and north London
CEMEX have officially opened a new wharf on the river Thames at Dagenham, providing the closest aggregate production site to central London on the north side of the river.
The processing plant at Dagenham is capable of producing in excess of 500,000 tonnes of aggregates per annum, most of which will go into concrete for use in construction projects in the capital.
Previously the site of an asphalt plant that was decommissioned in 2009, the Dagenham facility was then used as a depot for limestone brought in from quarries in North Wales for the London market. Six months has been spent converting the site into a fully operational wharf.
Commenting on the new facility, aggregates operations director Rob Doody said: ‘Following the slowdown in construction, the recovery has resulted in severe materials shortages, particularly around the London area. We have similar wharf operations at Northfleet and Angerstein, close to Dartford, but they are both south of the river.
‘It made strategic sense, therefore, to revitalize the site at Dagenham, to service the growing markets in central and north London.’
According to CEMEX, the new wharf operation ties up £48 million of capital, which includes a contractor-operated ship, land and processing plant. The marine-chartered ship has 10,500-tonne capacity and can discharge at a rate of up to 2,000 tonnes/h, while the processing plant can handle up to 200 tonnes/h.