French Guiana: Cementos Argos is supplying around 54,500t of cement for the Ariane 6 launch pad at the European Space Agency’s spaceport at Kourou. The Colombian cement producer is a strategic supplier for the project and it has been supporting Eiffage, the main contractor. The new launch pad is 90% complete and it is expected to be finished in 2019. The first launch is scheduled for 2020.
Cementos Argos is supplying three different types of cement for the project: a road binder, a soil stabiliser and a sulphate-resistant product. These will be used to build the launch platform, including a mobile base with a height of 90m, the assembly building for the rockets and other structural work.