Lafarge Russia has inaugurated a new 2 million t cement plant in Ferzikovo, in the Kaluga Region. This plant is the first cement production facility in this region and is strategically located thanks to its proximity to Moscow.
Among other distinguished guests, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, the Kaluga Region Governor Anatoly Artamonov, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Group Bruno Lafont, and André Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Russia.
Energy efficient plant
Lafarge built the plant with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, its co-shareholder in Russia. The plant is dry process, which is not standard in the country, but which will reduce energy consumption by 2.5 times compared with wet process technology. The use of alternative fuels in the future, which should reach up to 45% by 2020, will help the plant to contribute to the preservation of non-renewable natural resources and will reduce 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.
Building better cities
“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,” said Bruno Lafont, Chairman and 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,” added Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of the Kaluga Region.
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 RUB545 million to help renovate and construct roads in the Ferzikovo District. Lafarge Russia has also been running programmes 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. The plant employs 200 people, the majority of which reside in the Kaluga region.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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