Mechel Signs Ecological Pact to Reduce Impact on Water Resources
Alexey Texler. According to this agreement, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant is due to implement a complex of measures reducing the plant’s impact on water resources and improving waste water cleansing till 2024. According to the agreement, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant is due to implement a series of water-control measures. The plant will stop waste water disposal at Kashtak and Pershino discharges, provide new cleansing equipment for the discharges at the pond at Balandino, upgrade recirculating water systems at its chief facilities, increase the use of closed-cycle water to reduce waste disposal, and improve the efficiency of its storm-water drainage system.
Mechel also continues implementing a series of ecological measures outlined in the quadrilateral agreement signed by Mechel, Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry, Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service Rosprirodnadzor and Chelyabinsk Region’s government in 2019 in an effort to reduce air emissions. The program is due to be completed in 2024. Investment in the program will total over 10 billion rubles, with waste emissions due to be reduced by 14,200 tonnes a year. The upgrade will involve all key facilities of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant and Mechel-Coke. Some measures are already complete. For example, in March Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant launched two key industrial objects after a major overhaul the blast furnace #4 and oxygen converter #1. Both facilities were practically rebuilt anew, with the converter now equipped with a modern three-stage gas treatment system. The overhaul cost a total of 4.5 million rubles. In 2019-2020, Mechel-Coke reconstructed its coke battery #1 and completed the upgrade of its coke-pitch workshop #4. Other measures are still being implemented.