Parliamentarians visit Dunbar Works cement plant

Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP have visited Scotland’s only cement plant, Tarmac’s Dunbar Works, a long-standing major employer in their constituency.

The visitors enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the whole Tarmac operation which produces cement for use in construction projects across Scotland. Projects supplied from Dunbar Works include the iconic V&A Museum in Dundee, the Scottish Parliament, the Falkirk Wheel and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route

The MSP and MP also saw the recently upgraded rail operation which enables the Plant to distribute its cement further south to projects in England, minimising the number of loads transported on local roads.

Dunbar Works has just gone through a major two-year refurbishment during which some large-scale maintenance and engineering projects were completed to achieve enhanced reliability and improved supply for builders across the country.

Tarmac’s Dunbar Works Plant Manager, Oliver Curtin, who hosted the visit said:

“We were very pleased to welcome Iain Gray and the new MP to the site, so soon after Martin’s election. It is important that we have positive partnerships with key local community representatives – today’s visit gave Martin a first-hand insight into our operations and the work we do maintain first-class performance levels.

“As well as operational discussions, we also gave the visitors a flavour of our commitment to health and safety, people development and biodiversity on site. We look forward to continued constructive discussions with them in the future.”

Iain Gray MSP said:

“I have been a regular visitor to Dunbar Works over the last 10 years and it has had its ups and downs, especially during the recession when construction work slowed down. But the current owners are making real investment in the plant, it has a real buzz about it, and that is great news for the County.

The last time I was here was for Scottish Apprenticeship Week to hear about the excellent opportunities offered to apprentices at the Plant, and I was delighted to hear that this programme is also going from strength to strength.”