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New Lime Plant Set for California


Panamint Valley Limestone Inc. announced development of a lime plant in Trona, Calif. The $45 million plant will be the only producer of lime in the state of California, where currently all lime used is imported from out of state. The plant is expected to create 30 to 40 well-paying jobs.

The PVL plant will convert high-quality limestone rock, quarried from the company’s established limestone quarry in the Panamint Valley, into 400 tpd of high value Quick Lime and Hydrated Lime products used in cement, soil conditioning, water treatment and industrial processes.  

The site and air emissions credits have been acquired, the Conditional Use Permit process has started, and studies and preliminary engineering have been initiated.  

The PVL lime plant will be located on a site northwest of the existing Searles Valley Minerals and ACE Cogeneration industrial facilities on a highly disturbed brownfield site. 

State-of-the-art emissions control equipment will be installed to minimize air emissions and very little water will be required, the company said.  There will be no liquid or solid waste streams. 

Lime production is slated to begin in early 2021.