ArcelorMittal to Cut Emissions at Fos-sur-Mer Coke Ovens
ArcelorMittal has announced that it plans to invest EUR 1.45 million in its Fos-sur-Mer Coke ovens about 50 km west of Marseille in France to reduce carbon emissions during 2022. The 28 chimneys of the 126 ovens will be equipped with flaring systems ensuring the combustion of Coke gas in the event of an incident. This will reduce gas emissions to the atmosphere during these one-off events while increasing the protection of health and safety of personnel and of the plant.
ArcelorMittal last year it invested EUR 1.2 million in a new filtration system system for the quality of water at the coke plant. Over the past decade, the company implemented an investment program of nearly EUR 150 million to carry out repair work on the 126 ovens. Beyond this program, ArcelorMittal has invested more than EUR 100 million euros over the past 10 years. Over the period 2010-2020, our emissions were significantly reduced 45% for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, 70% for dust and 85% for dioxins.
Luxumburg Times had reported in May 2021 that an environmental group has accused Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal of polluting the air near a steel mill in southern France and damaging the health of residents. A lawyer for France Nature Environnement Mathieu Victoria told a judicial court hearing in Aix-en-Provence that Fos-sur-Mer steelworks exceeded the legal limits for benzene, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide over a five-year period beginning in 2013 and should be ordered to pay EUR 110,000. The court is expected to announce its decision on 29 June.