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Lafarge Poland’s Malogoszcz Cement Plant enters new stage of modernisation

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The modernisation of the Malogoszcz Cement Plant has entered a new stage. On 16 September 2021, in the presence of representatives of the local government and public institutions, the foundation stone was ceremonially laid, which symbolically began the construction of a modern rotary kiln for burning clinker. Thanks to the use of a new, more environmentally friendly technology, Malogoszcz will produce one of the most ecological cements on the Polish and European market. The investment is supported by the Krakow Technology Park.

The ceremony was accompanied by the reading of the foundation act, which, together with the cornerstone, was symbolically embedded in a specially prepared concrete plinth made in the concrete laboratory operating in the Malogoszcz Cement Plant. It will be erected on the construction site and then embedded in the foundations of the new cement plant. During the event, Lafarge representatives discussed plans for the development of modernisation and emphasised the role that the plant plays in the implementation of Lafarge's Sustainable Development Strategy for Poland until 2030.

“By 2030, as Lafarge in Poland, we have declared a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 1990. A milestone in the implementation of these ambitions is the modernisation of the Malogoszcz Cement Plant, which makes me very happy. The laying of the foundation stone for the construction of a new furnace is a historic moment for the Malogoszcz Cement Plant, but also for the entire Swietokrzyskie Province. The investment is an expression of our responsibility primarily for the environment and surroundings, but also for the local community and the economic development of the region,” said Stanislaw Sobczyk, Vice President of the Management Board of Lafarge in Poland.

The event was attended, among others, by Mayor of the Town and Commune of Malogoszcz Mariusz Piotrowski, Chairman of the City Council Michal Borowski, Provincial Inspector of Environmental Protection Witold Bruzda, Regional Director of Environmental Protection Aldona Sobolak. Among the guests there were also representatives of the Krakow Technology Park, which is a partner of the investment. On the part of Lafarge, there were the President of Lafarge in Poland, Xavier Guesnu, Vice-President Stanislaw Sobczyk, Director of the Malogoszcz Cement Plant Jacek Patyk and Director of the Lafarge Cement Plant Modernisation Project in Malogoszcz, Krzysztof Byczynski. The ceremony was also attended by present and former cement plant workers.

Sustainable Cement Plant in Malogoszcz

The investment, worth over EUR 100 million, combines a significant economic dimension with the achievement of environmental goals. The aim of the project is to reduce the emissivity by increasing the energy efficiency of the plant. The modernisation will enable the reduction of CO2 emissions by approx. 20%, thanks to the construction of one modern rotary kiln for burning clinker replacing the three existing ones. Thanks to less energy-consuming devices and the production of own energy, energy consumption will be reduced by ?. A new alternative fuel installation will also be built, which will enable greater use of fuels from renewable sources, which will minimise the share of fossil fuels. After modernisation, it will be the most modern plant in the industry in Poland and throughout the European Union.

“Thanks to the funds invested and the implementation of modern technologies in Malogoszcz, we will have the most modern cement plant not only in Poland, but also in Europe. The cement industry is changing and I can confidently say that the decision of Lafarge and the Holcim Group to modernise our plant is a pre-emptive action that sets the direction for the entire industry. New technologies and opportunities will attract the best engineers and specialists in the country here”, says Jacek Patyk, Director of the Cement Plant in Malogoszcz.

“One of the three furnaces has already been demolished and in its place a new furnace will be built with the necessary installations. Preparatory works for the construction of a new furnace are currently underway. The investment is carried out by the international company Nanjing Kisen International Engineering, which is part of the largest construction group CNBM and specialises in cement production line designs and investments involving the implementation of systems converting heat into electricity. New Cement Plant Malogoszcz will be launched in the spring of 2023,” adds Krzysztof Byczynski, Project Director Modernisation of Cement Plant Malogoszcz.

Support for the Krakow Technology Park (KPT)

A significant part of the investment will be implemented in cooperation with the Krakow Technology Park as part of the Polish Investment Zone, which has been co-creating conditions for the development of entrepreneurship for over 20 years. The modernisation of Malogoszcz is the largest investment in the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship so far. Eligible expenditure under this project will amount to nearly €98 million. So far, four companies in the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship have benefited from tax relief under the special economic zone / Polish Investment Zone with a total investment value of over PLN 500 million.

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