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The construction of the new cement production facility in Albania is one of the toughest and most challenging projects undertaken by TITAN Group during the last decades. It is also one of the largest industrial greenfield investments in Albania and an opportunity for “branching out and adding value” TITAN standards, know-how and best practices. The production of the plant is mainly intended for the Albanian market, although it may also serve other markets.

As reported in 2007, the project attracted the interest of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the development branch of the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In November 2008 the two Banks joined forces with TITAN Group and signed a contract for their participation with both equity and debt financing in ANTEA Cement SA the Group’s subsidiary in Albania.

The development of the project as a joint venture safeguards the sustainability of the project in a period strongly influenced by the economic crisis, while at the same time encouraging the application of international standards incorporated by the three shareholders in their strategies, values and practices.

From the very early stages of the ANTEA Project which is currently underway in Albania, TITAN appointed a high-level Steering Committee to co-ordinate and work together with main contractors, suppliers and critical stakeholders, so as to create the conditions for the implementation of the project in line with Group standards. Moreover, a safety concept that not only concerns the construction phase but also focuses on potential future operating risks, was agreed to be followed in co-operation with the international company that has undertaken the construction of the new cement plant.

Accordingly, TITAN management systems covering occupational health and safety, suppliers’ responsible management and environmental protection were introduced with the following: 

  • An integrated Environmental Management System in accordance with the ISO 14001 series of standards.
  • An integrated Social Responsibility Management System in accordance with the SA8000 standard.
  • An integrated OH&S Management System for the construction of the new plant and Road Safety.

Additionally, a three-year Social Community Plan was introduced with a view to guide the prevention, mitigation and control of impacts on the local communities, as well as seizing opportunities for enhancing social conditions in the vicinity of the plant.

Proactive stakeholder engagement was achieved though concerted communication efforts, including a new website dedicated to the ANTEA project, communication offices in the neighboring villages, a Local Liaison Committee comprising representatives of all interested parties and a Group Steering Committee appointed by TITAN to coordinate and monitor performances at all levels.(www.anteacement.com)