Vicat Industrial Cement Ropeway
The industrial ropeway, which is almost 2 km long, transports materials, crossing the Isère, a 6-lane motorway and with a significant difference in elevation on the slopes of the Vercors Massif to the cement works of Saint-Egrève.
Renovated by POMA in the 1980s, this materials transportation ropeway at the Vicat cement factory in Saint-Egrève is built on the principle of a detachable ropeway, a system of buckets that automatically unload in the station.
The line is discreetly integrated into the landscape: no noise pollution, no dust.
Its simple and robust design ensures maximum reliability and longevity; the last renovation took place in 2020, the aim was to modernise certain station equipment and replace the mechanical power take-off with drives in the tracks and in the station turnaround area.
Difference in elevation
200 tonnes of material/ hour
Number of support towers
For the project
Thanks to its rotating distributor, this ropeway has brought a major improvement in the industrial process, since the loading and unloading of the cars, which is now automatic, was previously carried out by workers.
In 2008, this ropeway celebrated its 20th birthday and was still delivering an impressive performance: 10 million tonnes of aggregate have been transported from the quarry to the factory, crossing a river and a motorway. It would have taken the equivalent of 400,000 trucks to do the same. With the construction equipment, that would have taken nearly 8 million litres of fuel!
The support structure of this system requires little ground space, as opposed to the infrastructure needed for ground-based material transportation.
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