Mechel Reports Launching Two Major Ecological Projects at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant
Chelyabinsk, Russia – January 23, 2024 – Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports completing two major environmental projects worth over 1 billion rubles at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant.
Chelyabinsk Region’s Governor Alexey Teksler and the regional administration and ecology ministry officials attended the launch ceremony for the aspiration system of the blast furnace #4’s foundry yard and the electric steelmaking shop’s gas cleaning system. The environmental measures were implemented as part of the federal Clean Air project and the agreement with the Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region.
The guests toured the aspiration system of the blast furnace #4’s foundry yard. This is one of the plant’s key projects aimed to reduce negative impact on the atmospheric air. The system captures dust particles of flue gases, which rise above the foundry yard when the blast furnace discharges molten iron and slag. Works included installing a smoke pump and electric motor, metal structures of dust collection hoppers and the central extraction station with 3200 bag filters, as well as a regeneration and dust discharge system. Collected dry particles will be removed from special hoppers as they accumulate and recycled. Thanks to the aspiration system, the plant will be able to clean the foundry yard’s air of 99% of solid pollutants, reducing emissions by 42 tonnes a year. The project’s total cost will top 650 million rubles. The blast furnace itself had also been overhauled: in 2020, it was launched after a large-scale reconstruction, equipped with a three-stage gas cleaning system.
The second new facility launched today is the dry gas cleaning system in the electric steelmaking shop. In the course of modernization, the outdated cassette filter and gas ducts were dismantled, four new draft blowers were installed, and bag filters were mounted. In addition, a metal umbrella was installed in the shop to capture dust above the furnace. Earlier, the wet gas cleaning system was overhauled: gas ducts were cleaned and damaged parts were replaced, blowers were overhauled, and the system of pipelines and water supply pumps was renewed. The wet and dry gas cleaning systems’ upgrade will reduce the facility’s harmful emissions by 317 tonnes per year. The investments will amount to 390 million rubles.
"Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant meets its obligations as set forth by all environmental agreements. Overall, with the launch of aspiration at the blast furnace #4’s foundry yard and the electric steelmaking shop’s gas cleaning system, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's emissions will go down by 27% as compared to year 2017. This is a major reduction: the goal of our agreements with the company was to reduce emissions by at least 20%. So our plans are being successfully implemented," Chelyabinsk Region’s Governor Alexey Teksler commented.
"Today we launched environmental equipment at two large production facilities with a total cost of 1 billion 40 million rubles. These major projects have become an important milestone as our contribution to the implementation of the federal Clean Air program. I would like to note that the projects were implemented using the best available technologies and enable us to significantly reduce the load on the atmospheric air. We completed the project in the electric steelmaking shop a year ahead of the deadline specified in the bilateral agreement with the Chelyabinsk Region authorities. We will continue to work on reducing our environmental impact. Our plans at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant include construction of another foundry yard aspiration facility at the renovated blast furnace #5, as well as modernization of filters at the plant's sintering machines," Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov said.
Mechel is an international mining and steel company. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.