MMK to work with national and regional authorities on environmental protection
Under the agreement, MMK will invest more than RUB 4.5 bln in environmental protection measures in 2016-2017. The program includes renovation of a sintering plant and the gas-cleaning unit of an arc-furnace plant, as well as construction of an aspiration system for casthouses at blast furnaces 9 and 10.
The parties will share information and cooperate on implementing MMK’s environmental programme to draw public attention to environmental issues as part of the national Year of the Environment in 2017. The agreement was signed by MMK CEO Pavel Shilyaev, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Sergei Donskoi, head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Artyom Sidorov, and Deputy Governor of Chelyabinsk region Oleg Klimov.
Total investment into renovation of the sintering plant’s sulphur capture units since 2010 will exceed RUB 3.5 bln. In August 2015, the first cleaning system (SUU-2) was commissioned. By 2017, two similar systems will be assembled. The renovation works will enable MMK to decrease gross pollution emissions by 24,750 t/y compared to 2010 levels, including dust emission reductions of 900 t/y, sulphur dioxide of 7,850 t/y, and carbon monoxide of 16,000 t/y.
The Company will also invest RUB 1,852 mln into renovation of the gas-cleaning unit of the double-hearth furnace at MMK’s arc-furnace plant. This will reduce dust emissions by 1,800 t/y and consumption of industrial water by more than 600 cum/h, and will use 5,000 t/y of captured dust as an additive to burden.
MMK will also invest RUB 487 mln in building an aspiration system for the casthouse at blast furnaces 10. As a result, dust emissions will decrease by 190 t/y and the working conditions of local employees will improve significantly.
MMK CEO Pavel Shilyaev said at the signing ceremony:
“We have continued to upgrade our production facilities and adopting state-of-the-art construction technologies to minimize our environmental impact. Achieving our strategic goal – the Clean City – is only possible by using the latest technologies for environmental protection.”