Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant Upgrades Pump Unit, Slashes Waste Water Flow

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant Upgrades Pump Unit, Slashes Waste Water Flow

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant (part of Mechel Group) began modernizing its pump station #55 to reduce wastewater emissions into the Miass River and increase the flow used in the closed production cycle. This project is part of Mechel Group’s ecological agreement with Chelyabinsk Region’s Governor Alexey Texler, which aims to reduce the plant’s impact on the region’s water resources.

The pump station is a key unit supplying water to the plant’s steelmaking and rolling facilities. The station takes water from the Balandino pond for use in metallurgical production and equipment cooling. The upgraded pump station will have improved capacity to provide the plant with more water and ensure a closed water cycle without taking water from the Miass or dumping waste into the river.

Once complete, the project will enable the plant to reduce its wastewater emissions from the Balandino pond into the Miass River by half and will take 25% less water from the river.

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant has already begun with the project, signing up a contractor for laying down a feed water pipe from the pump station, acquiring pipes and taps, starting construction of the cable bridge, and outlining the plans for installing more powerful pumps and electric engines. The works will cost a total of 128 million rubles and are due to be completed in 2021.

“Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant is treating the agreements we signed with the governor with utmost responsibility. The pump station’s upgrade is an important step in implementing the obligations we assumed on reducing our impact on the water resources. Our next plan is to begin yet another project — acquiring equipment to clean up the Balandino pond and upgrade the oil collecting system to rid our drains of oil contamination. Investment into that project will total 30 million rubles,” Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s Operations Department Chief Sergey Fomchenko commented.