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LafargeHolcim denies plans to cofire waste at Ravena

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LafargeHolcim has denied local news reports that it was planning to cofire waste at its Ravena plant. Local news reports initially indicated that the plant was to take waste that had previously been burned at a local incinerator, which is slated for closure.

The company had been included in a list of potential partners by Mustang Renewable Power Ventures. In a statement, however, the company said this had been “’without our consent or awareness”.

“There are no contracts, agreements, or plans for the Ravenna plant to work with this company,” the company continued. “In fact, we have determined that we will not be pursuing a relationship with Mustang Renewable Power Ventures at our Ravena plant in the future.”

The company also noted that it did not have the necessary environmental permits or the capability to receive the waste.

Refuse-derived fuels are commonly used at cement kilns in Europe, but their use in the US is less commonplace. According to an article in the November issue of World Cement, the Ravena plant currently has a permit to use up to 20% tyre-derived fuels as an alternative to the coal and petcoke usually used in its kiln.

The Ravena plant was originally construction in 1962 by Atlantic Cement Co. It was acquired by Lafarge North America in 2001. In September 2017, the plant completed a multimillion-dollar upgrade at the Ravena plant, which saw the construction on a new, more fuel-efficient kiln line.

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