The plant had been powered by secondary liquid fuel in recent years, which is essentially a hazardous waste. Production was suspended in 2008, after 80 years of operations at the plant.
Cemex UK president Jesus Gonzalez said: “Regrettably we have come to the irreversible decision that Barrington Cement plant will not be bought back into production. This is due to the very challenging economic environment we are currently experiencing in the UK, with a declining domestic market and spare capacity in the rest of our operations elsewhere in Europe.
“In addition there have been significant increases in manufacturing costs due to electricity market reforms and additional UK only carbon taxes. Therefore there is no sound business case for future investment in Barrington plant.”