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Stand on the Matter of Metinvest?s Environmental Protection Measures in Mariupol
Despite severe crisis in mining and metals, Metinvest Group, as a socially responsible company continues delivering its commitments and consistently implements its large scale production equipment modernisation programme at Azovstal, Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and other enterprises of the Group. Under this program, Azovstal decommissioned open hearth production, three coking batteries and a blast furnace ahead of planned schedule. Ilyich Iron and Steel Works is commissioning its PCI unit and has commenced a large scale sinter factory reconstruction program.
At the same time, we consider it necessary to squash any speculations and attempts of the organizers of Mariupol’s environmental movement to mislead the public about allegedly exorbitant profits of iron and steel makers and unwillingness of Metinvest Group to invest in modernization of the iron and steel shops in Mariupol.
Today’s reality is such that total losses made by Azovstal and Ilyich Iron and Steel Works as of the period from 2009 to October 2012 comprised over UAH 10 bln. This super loss was covered by own funds of Metinvest shareholders. We clearly see our responsibility for the future of the personnel at Azovstal and Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and for the future of the city. Notwithstanding deep economic and financial crisis our enterprises continue to operate and employees receive their salaries and the city’s continues to receive over half of its budget. Shutdown of our enterprises will imply shutdown of the city. We continue financing such a large scale reconstruction, which has not been undertaken within last 50 years before us to add to our super loss situation. Therefore we encourage public activists, when advocating their rights, to take into account all facts to the same degree, tell the truth and conduct a fair dialogue.
Metinvest’s management shares concern of the city residence about smog during the days of unfavourable meteorological conditions in the city and has analyzed the situation thoroughly. According to our specialists, the probable cause of recently intensified smog smell is more intensive disposal of recycled materials from Azovstal sludge dump, which is taking place at Azovstal sinter factory. This activity is a part of the approved Azov Sea environmental program and includes dewatering of Azovstal sludge pond. These secondary materials contain increased quantities of organic compounds, such as peat.
Metinvest’s management adopted the resolution about additional measures improving environmental situation in Mariupol. The company decided to shut down Azovstal’s sinter plant starting November 12 for 1 month to conduct an in-depth diagnostics of the treatment facilities and eliminate potential breakdowns. In the future usage of the recycled materials containing organic impurities will be minimized.
In addition, Metinvest has made a decision to accelerate the modernization program implementation and gradual transfer of production to Ilyich Iron and Steel Works’ sinter factory to decommission Azovstal’s sinter unit by the end of 2016.
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