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Volos Plant

Volos plant is Heracles's biggest cement plant and one of the most important units of Lafarge, with a cement production capacity of more than 3.2 million tons per year. Located 4 kilometres away from the city of Volos, its history dates back to 1924.

 

The plant's proximity with the city calls for great sensitivity regarding environmental protection and respect for the local communities. Automated processes, strict control and production flexibility enable the production of various types of bulk and bagged cement, such as the branded products Basis, a high-strength cement and Athlos, a masonry and multipurpose cement.

Milestones

1924: The OLYMPOS plant is founded and has an annual production capacity of 15.000 tons.

1929: It is merged with Heracles GCCo.

1952: A second rotary kiln is installed increasing the annual production capacity of the plant.

1971: A new complete production line is installed raising the annual production capacity to 2 million tons.

1976: The plant doubles its capacity through a new production line.

2008: It starts the production of the bagged products Basis, a high-strength cement and Athlos, a masonry and multipurpose cement.

2009: Inauguration of the first projects of the plant's environmental upgrade program 2007-15, such as the hybrid filter in K1 production line and the use of natural gas for the pre-heating of units.

Committed in sustainable development

Volos plant is greatly evolving and improving the last years. The commitment of the plant and its people is crucial for the success of Sustainability Ambitions 2012, Heracles roadmap for sustainable development. The program is focusing on improving the Health and Safety of our employees and local communities, decreasing of our environmental footprint and ensuring a sustainable operation.   

Health & Safety: top priority

Occupational Health and Safety are to Heracles fundamental values and key priorities in every activity. The company implements the Lafarge Group Health and Safety policy, which was signed in 2006 and tolerates zero accidents.

 

The Volos plant, with collective effort undertaken these past years, has significantly improved. Constant progress in Health and Safety is a daily top priority. Heracles has taken measures relating to the necessary personal protective equipment, infrastructure works for a safe workplace, implementation of standards and procedures for every work performed as well as training and behavioral programs fostering and establishing a shared safety culture within the organization.

Improvement of environmental performance

In the context of the Sustainability Ambitions 2012, Volos plant is implementing a program focusing on environment and the improvement of its environmental performance. It includes targets and action plans for reducing dust emissions, fugitive dust and carbon dioxide emissions, the preservation of natural resources and the upgrade of its facilities.

 

For cutting down carbon dioxide emissions and the preservation and gradual substitution of non renewable fossil fuels the plant uses biomass comprised of cotton and corn remains from the Thessaly area. Moreover, natural gas for the pre-heating of units is included in the plant fuel mix.

 

For reducing dust emissions the plant installs hybrid filters, covering requirements far beyond than current industry standards. Having completed the installation in K1 production unit, hybrid filters are expected to minimize the plant's dust emissions.

 

Heracles Volos plant reuses treated water from a local soft drinks factory, substituting groundwater that it was directly used in its production process. The soft drinks factory avoids the rejection of waste water into the sea. This is a sustainable practice for both companies, reducing natural resources consumption and protecting the environment. It is a typical example of industrial symbiosis, where the industrial waste of one company is utilized in the industrial processes of another one.    

Quarry rehabilitation

Volos plant has four quarries in the greater region: Platanos for limestone, Sesklo for clay, Anavra for hornstone and Soros for schist.

 

The objective of any quarry rehabilitation is to deliver to the community an area with enhanced biodiversity, depending on the pre-intervention its condition and improve the landscape following the intervention. In its own nursery are annually growing more than 20.000 trees that are used in the quarries' rehabilitation.

Antilope cranium fossil at Sesklo quarry

Antilope cranium fossil at Sesklo quarry

Know-how and high specialization

All cement production stages require high technical skills, strict adherence to procedures and strong team spirit. With continuous and intensive training programs, the plant ensures its employees' development and capacity build.

 

The plant facilities are fully automated and centrally controlled from the control room. Specialty operators supervise the overall operation of the plant, oversee facilities and make the necessary arrangements in the production process. The continuous monitoring of its environmental performance leads to respective improvement. The dust and gas emissions are measured and analyzed, giving complete control of the process and allowing efficient and timely response.

High quality control

The Volos plant applies high standards of quality control. It is certified as to the ISO9001:2008 quality assurance system and all types of cement produced are certified in accordance with the mandatory European cement standard EN197-1 and bear the CE marking.

 

Following the success of 2008, where the plant's laboratory came first among 171 labs that were inspected by Lafarge, in 2009, it came third among 213 business units, scoring LAI 100%. LAI (Lab Accuracy Index) is an objectively measured index for the labs in all Lafarge plants as well as technical and research centres.

Contribution to the economic and social development

The Volos plant with its operation has a major contribution to the economic and social development of the region.

 

During the last 5 years has made investments of 33.4 million euro for upgrade projects.

 

It offers on an average annual basis 26 million euro in salaries and employees' wages.

 

The total of salaries, employees' wages, supplies and taxes is on average 56.5 million euro.

Contact details

Volos plant is interested in your feedback or any questions that you may have.

For any matter that is related with the plant's activity you may communicate with the

 

Local Development Manager, Nikos Papaefstathiou

Tel: +30 24210 98306

E-mail: nikos.papaefstathiou@lafarge.com

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