Mechel JSC, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies,
announced the launch of a biochemical cleaning facility to treat
phenolic waste water from Mechel-Coke Ltd.'s coke and chemicals
Andrei Dementyev, Deputy Industry and
Natural Resources Minister, Viktor Semyonov, Director of the Basic
Industry Department of the Industry & Natural Resources Ministry,
Konstantin Tsibko, Russian Federation Council Member for Chelyabinsk
Region, Chelyabinsk Region's First Deputy Governor Sergei Komyakov and
other regional administration officials attended the launch ceremony for
the biochemical facility. Mechel Group was represented by Chairman of
Mechel's Board of Directors Igor Zyuzin, Mechel-Steel Management Company
OOO's Chief Executive Officer Andrei Deineko, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical
Plant OAO's Managing Director Rashid Nugumanov and Mechel-Coke OOO's
Managing Director Pavel Shtark.
The new biochemical facility's
launch is part of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's long-term
environment protection program (Mechel-Coke OOO is part of Mechel
Group's mining division, but operates on Chelyabinsk Metallurgical
Plant's industrial bas.). It enables the company to deeply cleanse all
of the waste water produced by Mechel-Coke, which is used for slaking
coke, and decrease waste emissions by half.
The new facility was
designed by Eastern Coal and Chemical Research Institute in
Yekaterinburg and employs the method of neutralizing waste water by
applying special complexes of phenol-destroying microorganisms, which
break waste into water and carbon dioxide. This technology allows the
company to thoroughly cleanse its emissions of phenols, thiocyanates and
ammonium nitrogen and ensures higher neutralization efficiency.
Investment in constructing the biochemical facility totaled some 900 million rubles (27.5 million US dollars).
'The launch of Mechel-Coke Ltd.'s biochemical waste water cleansing
facility is part of the ecological program Mechel is implementing at
Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's industrial area, which is subject to a
sweeping modernization of its technical facilities. Every one of
Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's investment projects provides funds for
environmental protection measures and introducing new equipment that
will decrease or neutralize industrial waste, which helps to
dramatically reduce the impact on the environment,' Mechel-Steel
Management Company Ltd.'s Chief Executive Officer Andrei Deineko noted.
Mechel is one of the leading Russian companies. Its business includes
four segments: mining, steel, ferroalloy and power. Mechel unites
producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, nickel, ferrochrome,
ferrosilicon, steel, rolled products, hardware, heat and electric power.