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LafargeHolcim Russia play vital role in providing construction materials for World Cup football stadiums

LafargeHolcim say they are delighted and proud to have contributed to the construction and reconstruction of several key infrastructure projects in Russia, including eight of the 12 stadiums for the FIFA 2018 World Cup football tournament, which kicks-off tomorrow (14 June).

The Group’s cement plants in Shurovo, Ferzikovo and Volsk, and aggregate quarries in Karelia Republic, all played a vital role in providing construction materials for stadiums such as Moscow’s flagship Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches, including the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as the final.

In particular, for the flagship Luzhniki Stadium, following a four-year renovation programme completed at the end of 2017 and a capacity expansion to 80,000, LafargeHolcim Russia provided specialized cement according to the project and technical requirements, namely high compressive strength and reduced hydration heat to avoid cracks and increase durability of construction.

The project called for an uninterrupted supply of cement, additional quality control and technical support in the composition of ready-mixed concrete. The volume of cement supplied was in excess of 20,000 tonnes for more than 60,000 cubic metres of concrete works. Most of the construction elements were produced from this concrete, including foundation elements, plates with a thickness of 600mm, berms, stiffeners, columns, stands, and 20m x 600mm jet piles.

In addition to the sporting venues, LafargeHolcim provided a wide range of construction materials (cement and aggregates) for infrastructure projects, including airports, roads, tunnels and bridges, built to support the world’s most viewed sporting event.

Marcel Cobuz, LafargeHolcim’s regional head of Europe and member of the group executive committee, said: ‘Large infrastructure projects built to tight deadlines for such events are always a major challenge. We were able to meet these needs through our large network of cement plants and aggregate quarries across Russia, which allowed a constant, high-volume uninterrupted supply of highest-quality cement to all the construction projects.

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