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Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant lets media in on ecological audit process

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant (ChMK PAO, MOEX: CHMK, part of Mechel Group) invited reporters for a press-tour of air sampling process conducted by experts ecologists from Science Research Institute Atmosphere.

The measurements were made at two sites — the concaster #5’s gas cleaning system and the rolling workshop #3’s dust collector. The institute’s experts used state-of-the-art and duly certified equipment. Gas probes were placed within the gas cleaning systems. Collected data will soon be processed and analysed.

Experts from Science Research Institute Atmosphere (St. Petersburg) will be working at Mechel’s Chelyabinsk facilities until the end of the year. This independent audit will include Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, Mechel-Coke, Mechel-Materials, Mechel-Energo and Urals Stampings Plant’s Chelyabinsk facility.

Mechel is conducting this voluntary ecological audit as part of its trilateral agreement with Chelyabinsk regional authorities and Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (Rosprirodnadzor). The agreement outlines a string of measures for the next two years for a total investment of 1.4 billion rubles. After the independent ecological audit is complete, the environment-protection plan will be extended accordingly.

“We have analysed Mechel’s industrial area and its facilities and noted down key sites for taking probes. Our experts are highly qualified, they have modern equipment and use only certified measurement systems that have been proved effective. Independence, impartiality and competence — those are the principles that our experts stay true to. After the audit is complete, we will give Mechel our recommendations on correcting their ecological program,” Science Research Institute Atmosphere’s Deputy General Director Alexander Romanov told reporters.

This audit is only one of the steps outlined in Mechel’s ecological program for Chelyabinsk. The facilities are also actively implementing a series of relevant projects. Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant is receiving equipment to replace the oxygen-converter workshop’s concaster #1’s gas cleaning system. Mechel-Coke has launched several upgrading projects. The plant is acquiring equipment, steel structures and materials for a technical upgrade of the benzene facility in the by-product recovery plant #1 — this will result in creating a closed cycle of cooling coke gas without contacting the atmosphere. New equipment is also being installed at the coke-oven battery #7, where gas exhaust ducts, a second gas collector and a crossover gas main are being assembled. This will improve gas suction during coal loading into coke drums. The plant has also received most of the equipment and materials and began construction necessary for a technical upgrade of its coke-pitch facility #4.


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