Chelyabinsk, Russia Ė 29 January 2021 Ė Mechel Group (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), one of Russiaís leading mining and steel companies, reports that a delegation headed by Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko toured Mechel Groupís Chelyabinsk facilities. Mechel PAOís Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov guided the tour of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plantís and Mechel Cokeís production areas and described the ecological measures Mechel is taking as part of the federal Clean Air project within the framework of the national Ecology project.
The delegation included Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko, head of Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (Rosprirodnadzor) Svetlana Radionova, Chelyabinsk Regionís Governor Alexey Texler.
The delegation toured Mechel Cokeís production facilities. Over the past few years, the plant reconstructed two benzene workshops, a coke-pitch facility and two coke batteries. In the near future, the plant plans to optimize operations at its coke batteries and overhaul its coke workshop #1. All these measures are in compliance with the best available technology principles.
After that, the delegation headed by Viktoria Abramchenko visited Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plantís oxygen converter facility. The guests examined the plantís converter #1, overhauled in 2020. The converter was practically built anew and equipped with a modern three-stage gas cleaning system, which enabled the plant to bring waste emissions from steelmaking to a minimum.
Viktoria Abramchenko appraised Mechelís efforts in fulfilling its ecological obligations and stressed the importance of pursuing their implementation. In accordance with the federal Clean Air projectís purposes, in 2019 the company signed a quadrilateral agreement on reducing its impact on the atmosphere with Russiaís Ecology Ministry, Rosprirodnadzor and Chelyabinsk Regionís governor. On January 28, 2021 Mechel signed another ecological agreement with Governor Alexey Texler, assuming additional obligations on reducing waste emissions. Overall, the company plans to implement a program costing a total of 13 billion rubles and reducing waste emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes a year in total.
ďYesterday the company signed an ecological agreement with the regionís governor, now it is important for the companyís modernization program to be in compliance with the state Clean Air programís ambitious goals. The state meanwhile must think of ways to provide tax and other support so that this task is fulfilled as soon as possible. We will go together with you every step of the way in fulfilling this program. Our goal is not to stop production, but to uphold it while providing it with the best available technologies from the ecological standpoint,Ē Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko noted.
ďOur company is implementing environment-friendly measures at its Chelyabinsk facilities since the day they joined Mechel Group in 2001. We are consistently and unceasingly upgrading all our equipment in the technological chain and always pay extra attention to reducing the impact of our operations on the environment. Since 2001, we have invested a total of 79 billion rubles, including 10 billion rubles into ecological upgrades alone. In the next few years, investment into ecological measures will be yet another 13 billion rubles. Today we have demonstrated both our upgraded production facilities and those expecting upgrades to the government delegation. We are grateful to the state authorities for their attention to our work and their offer of support to speed up implementation of our ecological measures Ė in this we share a common goal,Ē Mechel PAOís Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov said.
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