CEMEX USA recently unveiled a new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive at their Victorville, CA, cement plant recently as part of their continued commitment to sustainability and to enhance air quality in a community where they have operated for more than 100 years.
The locomotive, developed by Knoxville Locomotive Works and equipped with an MTU-4000 Series engine designed to reduce emissions by more than 80 percent and fuel consumption by 25 percent, was opened for local dignitaries to tour. The new locomotive, which will be used to transport clinker at the operation, can provide more than 3,200 horsepower from an ultra-low emitting single engine designed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board Tier 4 Emissions requirements. The locomotive is expected to reduce emissions by 34 tons per year.
“Sustainability is embedded in our DNA at CEMEX, and this new locomotive illustrates that,” said Carlos Uruchurtu, CEMEX USA VP cement manufacturing—West Region. “Throughout our history at Victorville, we have made great strides in reducing our environmental footprint with increased reliance on renewable resources, and this new locomotive furthers our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.”
CEMEX’s Victorville Cement Plant has other initiatives on site promoting sustainability and conservation. The plant is home to four wind turbines that offset thousands of tons of emissions each year while fulfilling approximately 6 percent of the operation’s energy needs. The plant has received the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification for seven consecutive years, and it is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste by replacing 20 percent of traditional fuels with alternative and renewable resources.
“CEMEX continuously evaluates our operations and technologies to further our commitment to sustainability as we strive to be a good neighbor in our communities,” said Dr. Hugo Bolio, CEMEX USA Executive Vice President of Cement Operations and Technology. “The commitment extends across all our operations, and our Victorville Cement Plant is an example of what can be done when businesses and communities work together.”
A portion of the cost of the new locomotive was covered by a federal grant secured with the assistance of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.
“We are honored to partner with a company whose facility has been a mainstay in the Victor Valley Community for more than 100 years,” said Brad Poiriez, executive director of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. “To see a company with such history embrace the future and the environment through this emission-reducing technology is very gratifying. We hope other local organizations follow suit.”