Sancti Spiritus Cement Plant to Incinerate Freon

Juan Antonio Borrego

The factory readies to start the elimination of CFCs, one more step in the program of getting rid of the so-called Substances Causing Depletion of the Ozone Layer.Siguaney cement factory, so far used to incinerate products like acids, oils, expired psychotropic substances, or even seized drugs, now readies to start burning the chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) which were stored after the massive substitution of refrigerators and air conditioners that took place in the country years ago.

The demonstrative project aimed at collecting, storing, and eliminating these gases, complies with the national intention of properly getting rid of the so-called Substances Causing Depletion of the Ozone Layer.

According to a study by the Engineering and Projects for Electricity Company (INEL), some 130 tons of CFCs are stored in Cuba, as a result of the deactivation of more than 2.5 million refrigerators, and nearly 300 000 home air conditioners, all of which were great consumers of energy, and contained CFCs in their refrigeration systems.

In order to carry out the investment which will allow implementing the project, Cuban experts had to consult the best international practices, and went for an in-situ training in Japan, where they also got the required equipment.

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