Mariupol-based Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and Azovstal operating under the umbrella of Metinvest Group have reported on their public environmental commitments to the Head of Donetsk Regional State Administration and the public. Pavel Kyrylenko noted that modernisation was right on schedule as specified by the public commitments of the companies.
The major implemented projects include: decommissioning of blast furnace No.2, coke oven batteries No.5, 6 and 7, and a sinter plant at Azovstal, as well as soaking pits of 1700 HSM at Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and obsolete open hearth furnaces at both steel plants. Right now Metinvest Group is implementing projects for reconstruction of the dedusting systems of the blast furnace shop, BOF shop, and lime shop at the steel plants.
A number of Azovstal projects are at the final stage of implementation. The company is completing the commissioning of the modern dedusting system of ferroallow crusher and the new dedusting systems of ladle furnaces at the BOF shop. Modernisation of BF No.3 is at the final stage.
"We have developed an environmental action plan and public environmental commitments schedule. Implementation of environmental projects is a strategic task which we strictly adhere to", stated HSE Director of Azovstal Andriy Savchenko.
Ilyich Iron and Steel Works is completing the second stage of the sinter plant reconstruction. Before the year end, the company will finish the construction of bag filters with sulphur removal in sintering zone of sinter machines No.1-6 and in cooling zone of sinter machines No.10-12. By the end of 2020, the project for reconstruction of gas cleaners at the sinter plant will be fully completed.
"Metinvest Group is known for its consistency in actions. We have promised the residents of Mariupol the transition to a clean steel industry, and we keep our word. By the end of next year, the smoke which has been seen billowing from the sinter plant for 50 years will be minimised and soon die down", stated the CEO of Ilyich Iron and Steel Works Taras Shevchenko.
The executives also discussed a number of other problematic issues at the meeting. One of them is the shortage of skilled designers at the service market. This pushes the company to rely exclusively on its own resources. Environmental tax is another concern, as it mostly goes to the national and regional budgets instead of being used in the city of Metinvest's operations.
"The government should help the industry solve different issues, including taxes. As for the modernisation, I can see that steel plants are on schedule and meet their public commitments. It's also important to keep a dialogue with the community and demonstrate the implementation of important projects", stated the Head of Donetsk Regional State Administration Pavel Kyrylenko.