Silica Sand Quarry (Milos)

The Silica Sand quarry is located in the area of Kastriani, Milos island. It is an opencast quarry, operated following the method of vertical benches.

The product is extracted using bulldozers and then loaded via wheel loaders onto conventional trucks to be transported to the crushing facilities. Next, the material is crushed in an open circuit using a jaw crusher and stocked on an outdoor pile through belt conveyors. The material is then loaded onto trucks and transported to the public ship loading pier in Adamantas, Milos (7000m).

The quarry’s production capacity is 150,000 tons/year.

Committed to sustainable development

The silica sand quarry is constantly upgraded and improved on annual basis. Activities mainly focus on enhancing employees’ and contractors’ Health and Safety, reducing the environmental footprint and ensuring the quarry’s sound environmental management and operation, based on Sustainable Development principles. The commitment of the quarry’s people is essential for the success of the broader "Sustainability Ambitions 2012" project on sustainable development of Heracles Group.

Health and Safety: Top priority

Occupational Health and Safety of employees and contractors are fundamental values and key priorities in all LAVA’s activities. Like all other company facilities, the quarry has been applying Lafarge Group’s Health and Safety policy with zero accident target since 2006. Systematic efforts in the past few years have led to considerable progress and a continuous improvement in Health and Safety issues.The policy involves measures regarding equipment, use of Personal Protective Equipment, Standards and Procedures for all tasks executed and appropriate training programmes to foster a common understanding of a safe behaviour.

Improving environmental performance

Sound environmental management and the quarry's upgrading are daily priorities. Under “Sustainability Ambitions 2012”, the quarry has been implementing a specific action plan that focuses on: reducing its environmental footprint by restoring the landscape (quarry rehabilitation).

Health and Safety

Health and Safety are top priorities for LAVA S.A. The company implements a stringent safety policy for its employees and contractors.


For the implementation of our Health and Safety policy, we take measures that concern the necessary means, equipment and infrastructure for a safe working place; apply Standards and Procedures for each task performed; and organise training courses to foster a common safety understanding and behaviour among all employees.