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4 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2019 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE "We will offer well protection determined to be within the zone of influence," said Wayne Emmer, Illinois Cement president. "In my career, I have never had to replace a well. I will never say it doesn't happen. Illinois Cement is confident we can take care of everybody's well." The company wants to close its existing quarry and begin mining land in a square-mile section of Dimmick Township, moving west for 10 to 20 years and north for another 20 years, restoring mined land as it goes. Illinois Cement owns six parcels and has options to buy another six. One parcel was previously annexed into the city. The company want- ed the city to annex the other 11 parcels, rezone them to heavy industrial and issue special use permits to allow min- ing. The voluntary well agreement offering was attached as a condition to the special use permits. LafargeHolcim Receives API Certification for Theodore Plant LafargeHolcim announced that it has received American Petro- leum Institute (API) certifica- tion for the manufacture of well cement at its Holcim Theodore, Ala., plant, making it one of only four cement plants in the United States with an API 10A Monogram and Q1 Quality Manage- ment System. The API Monogram is a license recognized worldwide denoting consistent cement manufacturing and testing processes that conform to API standards: the producing plants use a Quality Management System that meets API Q1 standards, and their products meet the specifications of API Spec 10A. At Theodore, production of Class A well cement will commence immediately, and the company plans to add Class H production in the future. "This API certification demonstrates that we at LafargeHol- cim hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of product consistency and performance," said Jamie M. Gentoso, chief executive officer of U.S. Cement operations. "Our energy customers have complex needs, and must con- tend with extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. We are deeply committed to meeting those standards, and more – by committing to the API's ongoing, rigorous quality management system and producing the best well cements on the market." In order to earn the certification, LafargeHolcim spent more than a year in a rigorous process of investing in additional testing equipment, developing a quality management sys- tem, conducting internal audits, and passing an audit by the API. Well cement is carefully designed to meet extremely demanding requirements, and so must be continuously tested for chemistry, thickening time, fluid loss, free fluid, rheology and compressive strength. Production at the Theodore plant will complement Lafarge- Holcim's ability to maintain a consistent supply of well cement to customers in the Gulf region and beyond. The company also manufacturer API Class A and H well cements at its Joppa, Ill., cement plant. GCCA Underlines Commitment to Climate Action at COP24 The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) joined governments, climate groups and campaigners from around the world in Poland last month for the United Nations' inter- national climate change conference – COP24. The meeting represents the first GCCA attendance at inter- national climate negotiations, under the umbrella of its recent partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and underlines the cement and concrete sector's commitment to sustainable development and critical work to reduce global CO2 emissions. GCCA Cement Director Claude Lorea spoke with key inter- national stakeholders during the two-week event, includ- ing the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Emissions Trading Association. "With everyone acknowledging COP24 is the most critical gathering on climate change since the 2015 Paris Agree- ment, it is important that the GCCA and the cement and concrete sector is part of that discussion," said Lorea. "There is a huge role for the private sector and major indus- tries, which includes cement and concrete, in demonstrat- ing leadership on the issue of climate change – that is what our GCCA members are committed to and why we are tak- ing part in these talks" GCCA's engagement in COP24 focused on priorities from its recently launched work program, such as reducing emis- sions through low carbon technologies, including carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), and the contribution

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