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Cementa is granted permission to quarry limestone in Slite for four years

Today the Land and Environmental Court granted Cementa a four-year permit to continue mining operations in Slite on Gotland. The permit can be used with immediate effect. Cementa welcomes the decision, which is crucial for securing the Swedish cement supply and the country's security of supply for the next four years.

Today's decision applies to a four-year permit. The court has issued a so-called execution order, which means that the permit can be used immediately, even if the judgment is appealed.

- Today's decision is very positive for us, our employees, and for the entire Swedish construction sector. It gives some peace of mind and safeguards the cement supply during the time it takes to put long-term conditions in place for the business. It also gives us room to continue working actively on the extensive climate investment in a full-scale CCS plant that is underway in Slite," says Karin Comstedt Webb, Vice President Heidelberg Materials Sweden.

The four-year permit acts as a bridge until a long-term permit is in place. Since summer 2021, Cementa has been working in parallel on an application for a longer permit, valid for around 30 years and ensuring long-term conditions for a secure cement supply. Cementa plans to submit that application in 2023.

Karin Comstedt Webb

Senior Vice President Heidelberg Materials Sweden