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Ecology experts, activists tour Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant (ChMK PAO, part of Mechel Group, MOEX: CHMK) hosted a delegation headed by State Dumas Deputy Vladimir Burmatov. Lawmakers, activists and leading scientists examined the plants production process and its environment protection technologies. The tour was made as an ecological cooperation agreement between Mechel PAO and the regions government is being hammered out.

The delegation included ecology, geoecology and environmental management experts, heads and leading experts from core departments in the region’s largest colleges, Chelyabinsk State University and Southern Urals State University. The guests examined key production facilities, both those that had already been upgraded and those still up for an upgrade. Those included Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s sinter plant equipped with a state-of-the-art gas treatment station complex, which is fully compliant with the modern ecological standards. This is Russia’s only high-tech sintering facility of such a level that came to replace a facility with a major ecological load.

Experts and activists examined operations at the plant’s modern concasters. The plant has massively adopted this technology, with up to 95% of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s steel being cast by this method. All facilities are equipped with modern environment protection systems which ensure highly efficient stack gas cleaning and collection of up to 99% of dust.

“Since Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant joined Mechel Group, the plant put out of commission a whole series of electric steel smelting and rolling facilities that had a negative impact on the environment. These measures were comparable to halting a whole steel works with an annual capacity of 4 million tonnes of steel. We will continue with upgrading our facilities. Mechel Group is open to all kinds of cooperation that can improve the city’s ecology. Today we demonstrated those projects we have already implemented and objects we have upgraded to the public and key ecology experts. We are preparing for an independent ecological audit that is a key point for Mechel’s new environment protection program at our Chelyabinsk production site,” Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov noted.

“An organisation will shortly be chosen that will conduct the independent ecological audit of Mechel’s facilities and will do it impartially, so that after this audit, every ruble that is invested into the ecological program will be used as rationally and efficiently as possible,” State Duma’s Deputy Vladimir Burmatov noted.


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