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Sep 15, 2021

Supporting sustainable reconstruction in Beirut

Jarno Pylkkönen
Jarno Pylkkönen
Technical Support Specialist
Sundar Rajan
Sundar Rajan
Service & Technical Support Manager
In 2020 after the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Metso Outotec donated equipment to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) emergency program in collaboration with UNICEF Finland. The equipment will be used in the reconstruction of the disaster area to secure clean water, sanitation and healthier living conditions for thousands of children and families. In the beginning of June, the equipment arrived on the site that is owned by the Beirut municipality. We had a chance to visit the site.
Metso Outotec Lokotracks in Beirut

Re-crushing the rubble for further use

The explosion in August 2020 caused massive destruction of buildings and infrastructure. The donated equipment included Lokotrack® LT106 mobile jaw crusher and two Lokotrack® ST4.8 mobile screens. In addition to the equipment, Metso Outotec will provide training and technical support to operate the equipment.

The donated units will be used to clear up the explosion waste, manage the rubble as well as to recycle and produce aggregates for reconstruction. The Beirut municipality has agreed that building waste such as concrete, steel, glass, and household waste can be brought to the waste yard that is located less than a kilometer away from the explosion epicenter. The materials crushed with our units will be shipped from the site to fill the nearby quarries in the mountains and to be reused in the rehabilitation of gardens and pavements. This is in line with our aim to support UNICEF’s vision in sustainability. From the health and safety perspective, the safety features of our units also help keeping the people at work safe. 

Metso Outotec employees in Beirut.
Jarno and Sundar in Beirut.

The main reasons for our visit were to do the starting and commissioning of the Lokotracks and training the operators for safe and successful use.

However, the cooperation is not finished after our first visit at the site. Once the contractor for the site has been chosen by UNICEF, Metso Outotec and our distributor TMEC continue the support the contractors who operate the units, to ensure the availability of the units for production and provide seamless aftermarket support.

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