Launch of a new modernized line of Holcim Rus’ cement plant (a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, Switzerland) took place on Friday in the town of Volsk (Saratov Region). As TASS was informed by the press service of the region’s government, the total investment in the plant modernization amounted to RUB 18 billion.
The revamping of the cement plant in the Town of Volsk in the Saratov Region will be completed by the end of this year by commissioning of a new production line. The total cost of the project is about 18 bln rubles, as Valery Radaev, Acting Governor of the Region, told in his interview with reporters.
The first anniversary of operations at the LAFARGE plant was celebrated on 1 June in Ferzikovsky district. The formal event included the opening of an alternative fuel production facility. The ceremony was attended by Anatoly Artamonov, the regional governor, Jean-Maurice Ripert, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Russia, and André Martin, President of LAFARGE in Russia and Ukraine.
It was noted that the new production facility implements the principle of recycling, thanks to which the waste products are used in production of fuel materials capable of replacing natural gas and other expensive energy sources. The incoming material goes through several stages of preparation and checking, and also has all the required environmental passports and certificates. This technology is recognised as advanced in terms of environmental protection. The investment in construction of the facility totalled 240 million roubles.
Anatoly Artamonov congratulated the LAFARGE team on a year of successful work and said, “Our French partners back up their concern for a healthy environment with real actions, which significantly increases the rating of the business. The management’s sensible policy is helping to increase the amount of cement produced while also reducing its cost by using alternative fuel.” The head of the region believes that this new area of work will make it possible to maintain the environmental balance in the region. The planned construction of a number of refuse recycling plants will also serve this goal.
Jean-Maurice Ripert emphasised the recent strong friendship and business relationship between our countries, saying: “France and Russia are an eternal love story.” Speaking about the prospects for developing the bilateral relationship, he focused on the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two states at the regional level. “France believes in the Russian economy and is proving that by investing in long-term projects in spite of political difficulties. The choice of Kaluga region is an expression of that faith,” said the Ambassador. He also spoke positively about the work of the regional authorities in creating comfortable conditions which “strengthen the desire to develop our work in Kaluga Region”.
André Martin also expressed words of thanks to the governor for his support in the implementation of the project. He said the new production facility would not only give the region an opportunity to improve the environmental situation but would also be a source of new jobs.
A new cement plant of Lafarge Russia was inaugurated today in the Kaluga Region. This plant, located in Ferzikovo village, with a design annual capacity of 2 million tons of cement, is the first cement production facility in this region and is strategically located thanks to its proximity to Moscow. This plant will complement Lafarge’s presence in Russia where the Group has been present for nearly 20 years and will provide a unique value proposition to customers in a region with high construction needs.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended, among other distinguished guests, by the First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, the Kaluga Region Governor Anatoly Artamonov, the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Group Bruno Lafont, and André Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Russia.
The plant built by Lafarge and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, its co-shareholder in Russia, is the Group's first project of such kind in the country.
«Our ambition is to contribute to building better cities by providing the best solutions for our customers. With this new state of the art plant, we will be able to provide always more quality products and services, whilst respecting the highest standards in terms of safety and environment. We will thus contribute to meet the growing needs of the Kaluga Region. » - noted Bruno Lafont, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Group.
« We are witnessing an industrial, home, and road construction boom in the Kaluga Region. So, it is very important for us to get our first local cement production facility. This plant is the embodiment of Lafarge Group’s global expertise and innovative solutions in energy efficiency and health and safety..» - emphasized Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of the Kaluga Region.
A state-of-the-art facility that leads the industry in efficiency, safety and environment
To ensure the project’s success Lafarge leveraged its international experience and innovative solutions in energy efficiency, industrial safety, and environmental impact mitigation.
The Ferzikovo facility is a dry-line cement plant, which means 2.5 times less energy consumption than with a conventional production technology. The use of alternative fuels in the future, which should reach up to 45% by 2020, will help the plant to contribute noticeably to the preservation of non-renewable natural resources and the decrease in CO2 emissions.
In order to respond to different needs, Lafarge will propose a diverse range of products. Today the plant's product portfolio comprises CEM I 42,5 B (bulk and bagged) and CEM I 42,5 N (bulk). In 2015, it is intended to start the production of a new cement type, CEM II 42,5 with additives.
A strong engagement with local communities
Today, the facility employs over 200 people, most of which are the residents of the Kaluga Region.
Even before the plant’s construction started in 2011, Lafarge Russia became actively involved in addressing the Kaluga Region’s social and economic issues. The Group allocated RUB 545m to help renovate and construct roads in the Ferzikovo District. Lafarge Russia has also been running programs to support educational establishments and elderly people, providing sponsorship for the district-level sports competitions, and leading voluntary projects. The plant pays special attention to the environmental programs and supports a biodiversity conservation program for Ferzikovo district.
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