Operational since 2021, LafargeHolcim presented its new 4.0 cement plant to the press. An investment of 3 billion dirhams with a view to supporting the development of the Souss-Massa region.
LafargeHolcim Morocco presented on June 24, its new 4.0 cement plant built on 90 hectares in Taroudant, in the Souss Massa region.
Built according to the concept of the Holcim group: “Plant of tomorrow – the factory of tomorrow”, this cement plant is an investment of 3 billion dirhams, with an annual production capacity of 1.6 million tons of cement.
The new cement plant 4.0 focused on green
This state-of-the-art plant uses automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance technologies to improve the cement plant’s production process.
This 4.0 production unit has within it a quality control system, from the extraction from the quarry to the production of the final product, with automatic dosing and sampling systems for each manufacturing stage and a fully robotized laboratory. From 2023, the Agadir-Souss cement plant will be powered by wind power and will also use alternative fuels, like the group’s other plants in Morocco, with a view to optimizing energy consumption and of water and to reduce its carbon impact. In this same logic of respect for, 15% of the investment was dedicated to environmental protection equipment.
An infrastructure to support the development of the region
With this new production unit, the LafargeHolcim Morocco group intends to contribute to the development of the Souss Massa region. The installation of this factory has created jobs in the region. During the construction period, nearly 1,400 people, including a third of local resources, worked on the cement plant site every day. Since its commissioning, the cement plant has generated more than 200 direct jobs.
LafargeHolcim Morocco has also built installations for access to drinking water in several neighboring villages. The company has set up a drinking water network, with the construction of three water towers and a pumping system, powered by solar panels. In addition, LafargeHolcim built a new 8 km road on new pavement to bypass the town of Tidsi, close to the site. A second 3 km road was built to open up the village.
The cement factory also provides support for education and the fight against school dropout for children in the neighboring douars. It has already rehabilitated and equipped 4 schools which welcome a total of 700 local children. In terms of health, the group organized several medical caravans for local populations and during the peak of the pandemic, equipped the intensive care unit at Taroudant hospital to increase its capacity to receive patients.