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LafargeHolcim wins transport infrastructure project in Paris

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As part of the Grand Paris Express (GPE) project, LafargeHolcim has been awarded major long-term contracts worth €110 million. Representing a total investment of about €38.5 billion, the GPE is the largest transport infrastructure project in Europe. It is expected to meet the city’s need for improved transport infrastructure and will prepare Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games.

LafargeHolcim will deliver 600 000 t of aggregates and 260 000 t of cement, to produce 650 000 m3 of ready-mixed concrete, which will help realise the GPE’s anticipated 200 km of new railway and 68 new rail stations. The company will use barges on the Seine to sustainably manage excavated earth equal to six times the weight of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

In order to meet the project’s challenging schedule, the company has added mobile ready-mixed concrete plants to its existing Parisian ready-mixed concrete network. This will enable an average production of 300 m3/hour for the GPE. The company will also remove and treat at least 3 million t of earth from the construction site. This excavated material will be used to re-landscape its nearby quarries.

The company will use barges on the Seine river for the transportation both of aggregates coming from nearby quarries situated in the Seine valley and the excavated earth. The company has stated that this solution is more efficient and more sustainable than road transportation, as two barges can handle the load of 220 trucks. With this concept, LafargeHolcim will also meet the challenge of transporting large amounts of material through an urban area with over 7 million inhabitants.

With this contract, the company is continuing a tradition of supplying aggregates and concrete into the French market that has endured for more than 100 years. The company is aiming to work on the GPE over the next 15 years.

“We are proud to be a key partner on this historic project,” said Jan Jensich, CEO of LafargeHolicm. “With this partnership we are demonstrating our leadership in the building material industry, making a lasting contribution to improving the transport experience of the people living and working in the Paris area. The project once more shows our capacity and reliability in delivering a large amount of high-quality concrete, and our ability to provide excellent logistics and supply solutions. As part of our Strategy 2022 – ‘Building for Growth’ we have committed to grow our aggregates and ready-mixed concrete segments, and the GPE is a major milestone in the delivery of this commitment.”

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