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Hungarian cement plant wins World Prix d’Excellence

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A Hungarian cement plant has been awarded the World Prix d’Excellence 2017 from the International Real Estate Federations (FIABCI). The Kiralyegyhaza cement plant in Hungary, which is owned by LafargeHolcim, was awarded the World Gold Winner Prize in the industrial buildings category.

“The jury was impressed with the very unique building design,” said Alexander Romanenko, President of the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Committee. “The whole complex is built compactly, occupying only minimum arable land, to enable sustaining agricultural activity. For a heavy industry and its reputation as the most modern cement plant in Europe, the project is exceptional for being environmental friendly.”

Located about 250 km south of Budapest, the Kiralyegyhaza plant was opened in 2011, after four years of construction. The plant has a capacity of 1 million tpy and employs around 130 people.

Since opening, the plants has reduced its power consumption by more than 20%, as well as significantly increasing its use of alternative fuels. Today, almost 60% of the plants thermal energy needs are met using alternative fuels.

“Kiralyegyhaza was the first new greenfield cement plant built in Europe in 20 years and is the most modern cement plant of LafargeHolcim in Europe,” said Roland Köhler, Region Head Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Trading at LafargeHolcim. “The plant is a prime example of how we were able to combine superior operational efficiency with high environmental performance in an architecturally unique plant building.”

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