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Argos advances the transport of cement by train

Published by , Deputy Editor
World Cement,

Argos, a cement company of the Argos Group, is one of the pioneer companies in the reactivation of the national railway network. In 2020, despite the challenges associated with COVID-19, it managed to mobilise, on the Belencito – Bogotá and Puerto Triunfo – Puerto Wilches routes, about 50 000 tons of cement. In 2021, the company estimates to transport approximately 70 000 t in both operations, which represents an increase of 30%.

This efficient and sustainable transport alternative enabled the company to reduce 321 t of CO2 last year and 505 t if the accumulated since 2018 is taken into account, when train operations were restarted in Colombia. This is equivalent to more than 4600 truck trips avoided and the planting of 1800 trees.

Additionally, and in coherence with its Sustainability Strategy, with these road openings, Argos is avoiding road wear, saving on fuel consumption, reducing road accident risks and contributing to the reduction of vehicular congestion.

Likewise, it has encouraged other companies in the country to get on the train, increasing the dispatches of cement using this mode of transport. Today these companies move cargo from La Dorada to Santa Marta.

Currently, Cementos Argos uses the Belencito – Bogotá corridor three times a week and began operations on the Puerto Triunfo – Puerto Wilches section.

It is worth mentioning that in the United States, Argos has about 1500 train cars with which it moves a large part of its products in this country.

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