ArcelorMittal Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, has made good
progress in the implementation of a number of large environmental
projects, with a total investment of more than US$14.5m.
Three projects, which began in 2012, are currently being implemented
in the blast furnace and sinter plant, with the aim of reducing
emissions from these units and decreasing the impact on the surrounding
environment. At the coke plant, assembly of the new charging machine is
due to start soon.
M.V. Kulkarni, CEO of ArcelorMittal Zenica, emphasised the importance of these investment plans in difficult financial times:
'The projects are being implemented in order to fulfil two important
goals: to ensure environmental protection, and to improve the working
conditions of our, and our contractors' employees. Our objective for the
entire investment programme is to bring emissions from ArcelorMittal
Zenica within all the relevant Bosnia and Herzegovina laws and standards
within a reasonable period of time, and to continue our progress beyond
that. Everybody at ArcelorMittal Zenica is working very hard to achieve
this goal, and I believe that residents of this town recognise this.'
The installation of the cast house de-dusting system is on track at the blast furnace department.
The new system will ensure complete de-dusting of the solid particles
during the tapping of hot metal in the cast house of the blast furnace,
which will significantly reduce emissions and improve working
conditions in the unit.
In May 2013 the delivery of equipment for this project was completed.
The works and the assembly of the equipment outside the blast furnace
building have progressed significantly, while the works on the blast
furnace cast house started in June. Cold tests are expected to start
large projects are also underway in the sinter plant. The first is the
replacement of the existing water de-dusting systems with new bag
filters, used in the reloading and transportation of sinter and lime.
All five filters have been recently placed in trial run mode, with
The other project currently being implemented in this department is
the replacement of all four sections in the sinter machine no. 4
precipitator, to reduce emissions. The assembly of all four sections has
been completed and adjustments and testing of the electro filters is
Procurement of a new charging machine is underway in the coke plant.
This will significantly reduce the emission of solid particles from this
facility and the duration of the emissions, creating much better
working conditions for around 150 employees working in this area. The
assembly and subsequent delivery of the equipment for the new charging
machine is in progress.