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Sagunto plant invests in HSE

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The Sagunto cement plant invested more than €0.61 million in health, safety and environment initiatives in 2016, according to a recent press release, including the restoration of 6000 m2 of quarry land.

On the health and safety front, the plant launched its Zero Project, which aims to reduce the number of accidents to zero through health and safety awareness and training, said Miguel Ángel Urbano, the Plant Director. In 2016, plant staff performed more than 3000 preventative actions to improve health and safety, while a total of 3290 hours of training were provided.

The Sagunto plant also prevented around 124 000 t of waste from entering landfills, recovering about 75 000 t as alternative raw materials and around 50 000 t as alternative fuels. Alternative fuels – including biomass – accounted for 54% of plant’s fuel supply, replacing traditional fossil fuels.

Restoration of the Salt del Llop quarry, which supplies raw materials to the plant, continued through 2016, including the restoration of 6000 m2 of quarry land, which has been replanted with more than 3100 trees of 13 different species. Quarry testoration will also form a key part of investment activities in 2017, according to Urbano.

According to the plant director, nearly €4 million of investment has been earmarked to improve the plant’s facilities and continue restoration work at the quarry. This is pending approval of an operating license for the quarry in 1H17.

The Sagunto plant is owned by LafargeHolcim and is located in the province of Valencia in southeastern Spain. The plant produces 15 types of cement primarily for the export market. In 2016, 85% of the plant’s cement production was exported to markets around the world.

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