The result of a multi-million dollar modernisation project, LafargeHolcim has unveiled a restored and expanded cement terminal at its Weirton cement facility in West Virginia.
The newly reopened plant, previously inactive for 10 years, will be used to store and distribute LafargeHolcim’s speciality well cements for the oil and gas industries in the Appalachian region. The project to modernise the plant included expansion, construction of a new, water based off-loading facility, and the restoration of silos.
Well cements are specially formulated for reliability and quality. Strong enough to withstand high temperatures and pressures, they are often used for cementing work in the construction of oil and gas wells.
Due to the Weirton plant’s superior footprint and location, LafargeHolcim took the opportunity to work together with the community to reinvest in the plant, increasing access for customers and building economic activity in the region.
“We have made a significant investment in the Weirton terminal in direct response to the growing needs of our energy industry customers,” said Jamie M. Gentoso, CEO of US Cement Operations at LafargeHolcim. “Demand for access to our oil well cement has increased dramatically, yet existing distribution channels had grown congested. LafargeHolcim can now meet and exceed our customers’ needs with this efficient, state-of-the-art terminal, which will support the growing energy industry in this region for many years to come.”
During the course of the project, LafargeHolcim collaborated with the Army Corps of Engineers, the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the Business Development Corporation of Northern Panhandle, and the local community. Significantly, the company also chose to work closely with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency, ensuring that all permits, both operational and environmental, were in place.
“Our goal is to build a diverse and expanding economy in the Brooke-Hancock region,” said Patrick Ford, Executive Director of the Business and Development Corp. “To have a plant this size in the Ohio River Valley, just off a major interchange and four-lane highway, is a great reflection of how we can mobilise the power of a community. With the help of our partners, we are prepared to make infrastructure improvements that will catalyse this plant and the surrounding area for a variety of exciting projects.”
“We are pleased to partner with the people of West Virginia to drive business growth and we are confident this terminal will serve as a hub of economic activity for Weirton and the surrounding area,” said Gentoso. “This upgrade has provided business to area contractors, added jobs at Weirton, and supports the energy industry, which is so vital to the economy of West Virginia.”
LafargeHolcim was granted additional funding for improvements surrounding site infrastructure and build-out from a conditional grant programme: the West Virginia Industrial Access Road Programme.
LafargeHolcim is the leading building materials and solutions company globally.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/04102018/lafargeholcim-completes-modernisation-of-weirton-cement-terminal/