NLMK Lipetsk has launched a recovery complex to capture and process chemical by-products from coke and chemical operations. The project will enable an increase in the production of raw materials for the chemical industry and for agribusiness, and halve the shop’s air emissions.
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, and Igor Artamonov, Acting Head of the Lipetsk Region Administration, attended the opening ceremony.
The new complex was built with the use of best available technologies (BAT). It captures the entire volume of gas generated during the heating of coals in coke oven batteries and purifies it, while the chemicals released during the purification process are further processed into products for third parties: benzene, ammonium sulfate, etc. Purified coke oven gas is used as fuel for the coke ovens themselves and for the site’s power plants.
The company’s total investment in the project amounted to 4.6 billion rubles.
Konstantin Lagutin, NLMK Group Vice President, Investment Projects, said: “The chemical by-products recovery complex that combines coke oven gas flows from all coke batteries is practically waste-free. It is designed using advanced technologies and ensures efficient gas purification, process safety and high environmental performance.” (NLMK/Ukrainian metal)