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Turning waste into fuel in Egypt

The EBRD is helping one of the world’s largest cement plants to reduce its use of fossil fuels and minimise waste, by investing in the construction and operation of a waste treatment plant in Egypt.

The plant will process pre-treated municipal, organic and industrial waste into alternative fuels (AFs) to be supplied to Lafarge Cement Egypt (LCE) and potentially to other industrial consumers (such as Arabian Cement and Italcementi, both located near El Sokhna). LCE owns Sokhna Cement, the largest cement plant in Egypt (and the second largest in the world). The plant operates five kilns with annual clinker capacities of 8.5 million tonnes, which translate into a high use of fuels equivalent to about 30,000 TJ or up to 1.2 million tonnes of AFs.

In light of gas shortages and rising fossil fuel prices, LCE is taking steps towards diversifying and rebalancing its fuel portfolio to bring its share of AFs up to 30 per cent in the next four years. The kilns of Sokhna Cement are fuelled by gas, but supply is limited and prices are set to grow. This makes AFs a cheaper and more reliable source of energy.

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SECTOR Manufacturing and services EBRD INVESTMENT €2.5 million
OTHER BENEFITS Annual CO2 savings estimated at 126,000 tonnes