Cementos Argos has announced its involvement in the construction of the Ariane 6 space station. The company is providing 54 500 t of cement to the spacecraft launch station in French Guiana, which will be built by French company Eiffage.
The project, which is close to 90% execution, is expected to conclude in 2019, with the space station making its first launch in 2020. Argos has stated that it will provide about 54 500 t of three different types of cement. The cements will have high levels of resistance and advanced technical requirements. These include a cement floor or road binder, a soil stabiliser solution used for the first time in a work of this type, and some cements that are resistant to sulphates.
The company will also contribute to the roads by which the rockets will be transported. For this element, a cement or road binder will be used, in order for the routes to be capable of meeting the demanding traffic conditions of the project. The binder allows for the rapid use of the roads, saving builder time and costs. The company’s use of cement SR3 also makes possible the production of concrete that is resistant to chemical and physical attacks, such as gas combustion, alkaline water, etc.
Argos cement will be used in the construction of the necessary works for the launch platform of the rocket, alongside a 90 m high mobile base, the assembly building of the rocket and tracks, and numerous structures for electrical networks, pipes, etc.
“Our participation in this work not only makes us proud for its relevance and impact for the world, but it is exciting to know that within Argos we develop surprising and innovative products that adjust to the particularities of each project,” said Camilo Restrepo, Vice President of Regional Caribbean and Central America for Cementos Argos.
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