LIBERTY Galați Exports Blast Furnace Slag to France
LIBERTY Galați has for the first time exported 50,000 tonnes of blast furnace slag, so that it can be converted into very low carbon cement at a specialist factory in France. A ship loaded with granulated blast furnace slag, which is produced in LIBERTY Galati’s own facilities through the processing of hot liquid slag, has been sent to a prestigious cement manufacturer in France. That company operates an innovative technology which uses slag, clay and plaster in a kiln and clinker-free production process. The new process is environmentally protective as it does not involve the extraction of limestone, does not release gases into the atmosphere and, eventually, reduces the carbon footprint of the cement by 80%.
The classic cement-making process uses a rotary kiln where the raw materials are heated up to 1,450 degrees Celsius, which also generates the clinker by-product, largely responsible for the carbon footprint of the cement.
LIBERTY Galați produces about half a million tonnes of blast furnace slag yearly