DTEK ESCO has completed the second stage of the lighting system upgrade at Mariupol-based Ilyich Iron and Steel Works operated by Metinvest Group. The company replaced incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with 2,269 LED lamps in the sheet rolling mill 1700 and oxygen converter workshop to save up to 80% of electricity required to light the shops.
Energy savings can make 12.3 million kWh worth UAH 19.2 million annually, which will reduce CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes a year. DTEK ESCO invested UAH 39 million in the initiative subject to the energy service contract. LED lamps for industrial plants are made of durable materials and can withstand high temperatures and resist vibrations. They do not flicker and are designed for more than 10 years of service life.
Today, the plant enjoys the energy efficiency benefits of the first stage of the lighting upgrade. Since November 2018, the sheet rolling mill 3000 has saved up to 60% of the electricity due to 2,234 LED lamps installed by DTEK ESCO.
The company is going to begin the third stage of modernisation and replace the electric lighting of some other shops by the year end.
“Energy saving initiatives remain our priority for successful business operations and manufacture of competitive products. They are a part of our economic and environmental strategy. Upgrading the lighting system at the production sites helps the company both save money and create safer and a more comfortable working environment for our employees,” said Taras Shevchenko, General Director of Ilyich Iron and Steel Works.
“We have already rolled out three projects to replace lighting bulbs and gas burners at the sinter plant and invested a total of UAH 73 million. We can say from experience that it is possible to improve the energy efficiency and upgrade production facilities using the funds of the investor, an energy service company that finances the project, delivers it on a turnkey basis and guarantees energy savings. Together we are making our contribution to the energy independence of Ukraine,” said Serhiy Chulkov, Director of DTEK ESCO.