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CEMEX provides specialty concrete for largest airport in the Baltic States: Riga International Airport

Date published: July 3, 2013

CEMEX in Latvia is supplying building solutions, including over 80,000 m³ of specialty ready-mix concrete, for major improvements to Riga International Airport, which are expected to be completed in August 2014. Originally built in 1973, the airport is the largest in the Baltic States and serves nearly 5 million people annually.


“We are proud to be the partner of choice for this important project which will benefit millions of residents and visitors for many years to come,” says CEMEX Latvia Country Director Enrique Garcia. “We constantly strive to collaborate in the development of infrastructure in Latvia and the region by supplying the best materials and technical service for the most ambitious construction projects in all the markets where we operate.”

The Riga International Airport project comprises the reconstruction of de-icing areas, access roads, and aprons areas where aircrafts are parked, unloaded or loaded, refueled, or boarded. All of these new areas will be exposed to extreme temperatures and carry high weight loads, which require specialty products that can handle these conditions without cracking. CEMEX provided a specialty ready-mix concrete mix, which met all technical requirements of the project, including resistance to high frost, chemical attack from de-icing agents, and wear from surface abrasion.

CEMEX is also going the extra mile to provide best-in-class logistics for this project. Two dedicated ready-mix concrete plants have been placed at the job site- including one purchased by the company specifically for this project. This allows CEMEX to guarantee timely delivery of materials, keeping the project on time and on budget. Both plants will produce over 1,000 m³ of concrete per day for pours that will last several weeks without interruption. Moreover, a quality control expert from the company has been assigned to ensure that all of the material provided complies with such strict requirements.

The concrete mix uses cement type CEM I 42.5 N from the local CEMEX Broceni plant, which is one of the most modern in Europe. The plant was commissioned in 2010 and required an investment of 292 million Euros. The plant meets all international standards of environmental protection and can produce around 1.5 million tons of cement per year. Among the various technological innovations of the plant is its dry kiln, which requires about half of the thermal energy to produce clinker compared to the previous technology and is able to substitute more than 70% of fossil fuels with alternative fuels, reducing its environmental footprint.

Riga International Airport

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