More Sustainable Cement

InterCement inaugurates a platform for industrial waste treatment in Ijaci

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 13:27

Nova planta é um marco para os objetivos relacionados ao negócio de coprocessamento da empresaThe new plant is a milestone for the objectives related to the company co-processing business

InterCement, the holding-company for the cement business of Camargo Corrêa Group, and Tradebe, an international leading company in industrial waste management, now relies on a waste treatment unit installed in the InterCement plant, in Ijaci, Minas Gerais.  The full production of the new unit will be used to replace fossil fuels in cement kilns, a technology known as co-processing.

The definitive destruction of waste without generating new environmental liabilities, aligns with InterCement and Tradebe commitment to seek innovatory, efficient and more sustainable processes.

The new waste treatment plant is capable of preparing 50 thousand tons per annum of solid, paste and liquid waste to be used in the cement plant. The co-processing of such waste will significantly reduce the dependence on non-renewable natural resources in cement manufacturing. Overall, about R$ 20 million have been invested in this project.

The platform will be operated by Tradebe, which will start its activities in Brazil with that plant. InterCement has three operating plants in the State of Minas Gerais, with an annual production of 4 million tons cement.

InterCement, the holding-company for the cement business of Camargo Corrêa Group, operates 40 plants, capable of producing 46 million tons of cement. It leads in Portugal, Argentina, Mozambique and Cape Verde, is the vice-leader in Brazilian and Paraguayan markets, in addition of having a relevant activity in South Africa and in Egypt.  InterCement carried out the co-processing of about 600 thousand tons of waste in 2013, enabling the preservation of over 400 thousand tons of non-renewable natural resources.