MVW Lechtenberg & Partner has been active in Saudi Arabia since 2010 carrying out various consulting projects, including within the framework of the "Mandatory Efficiency Programme" of the Ministry of Environment, which assists the local cement industry with energy-efficient cement production.
MVW Lechtenberg also carried out an extensive "Fuel Switch" study for the government, to calculate the potential for renewable energies and the resulting savings potential of fuel for all energy-intensive industries (the petrochemical industry, steel, aluminum industry, the cement industry, etc.). As part of the study, MVW Lechtenberg & Partner calculated a possible savings potential of around 38.6 million barrels of fuel among other things through the use of up to about 4.7 million tonnes of alternative, waste-based fuels.
The cement industry in Saudi Arabia has a current production capacity of around 85 million tonnes of clinkers, with actual production last year (2021) being 54 million tonnes. In late 2020, MVW Lechtenberg started working on a project with the City Cements Company in Marat (about 130km from Riyadh) to establish a pilot plant for the production and use of alternative fuels which is still ongoing and being supervised and constructed.
In March 2022, another plant was planned and put into operation by MVW Lechtenberg & Partner.
This time as a joint venture between the companies; "Green environmental Solutions" a subsidiary of the City Cement Company, "Saudi Investment Recycling" also known as SIRC | Leading the Circular Economy in Saudi Arabia, a company of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the subsidiary of MVW Lechtenberg &Partner in Saudi Arabia, "MVW Lechtenberg Middle East in Riyadh.
Around 600 tonnes of household waste are processed in the plant every day.
The recyclable materials (cardboard, paper, glass, metals, plastics, etc.) are sorted out and the organic fraction is pre-treated for compost production, while the non-recyclable materials are processed into specified alternative fuels for the local cement industry.