MANILA – The country’s leading producer of industrial lime has expanded its manufacturing capacity.
Unichamp Group, which exports across the Asia-Pacific region, has spent $24 million on a state-of-the-art integrated lime manufacturing plant in Palawan. The facility will supply the requirements of Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC), a hydrometallurgical processing plant owned by Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining Company and the Philippines’ Nickel Asia Corporation.
“Conveniently located at the Rio Tuba Economic Processing Zone (RTEPZ), our world-class facility will be responsible for supplying the CBNC with milk of lime, which will be used for the treatment of its waste water, making it safer for disposal,” Unichamp chairman Daniel Lim told a press conference on Monday.
“Since the raw materials are sourced locally, our client could save 15-20 percent compared to importing slaked lime from overseas suppliers,” he said.
Unichamp’s Palawan facility can produce 135,000 tons of quicklime and 170,000 tons of lime milk a year. The company will use limestone from the Gotok Limestone Quarry of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation.
“Our Palawan operations will just be a springboard. As long as there is a long-term contract, then we are open to build more plants,” Lim said.
He said the company plans to build two more facilities, each of which costs $20-$30 million.
Rommel Ibuna, Unichamp Mineral Philippines Inc president, said the company has offered the technology to two other mining firms in the country, Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation and Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation.
“Right now, everything is under initial discussions. But we have expressed readiness to provide them with the technology should they put up their own nickel processing plants,” Ibuna said.
Besides mining firms, Unichamp also is looking to supply water concessionaires interested in treating waste water, as well as agriculture companies keen on enriching their soil.
Quicklime and milk of lime products are used to treat and firm up soil, recycle water, refine sugar, produce paper, among others. Unichamp supplies mining firms and water concessionaires in Australia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
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