ArcelorMittal Ostrava has launched a US$50M environment project that will cut annual nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 600 tonnes.

The investment in the Czech plant involves the de-nitrification of the site’s power plant. Construction will begin in July, with commissioning expected in early 2015. Local company ČKD PRAHA DIZ is the specialist contractor for the project.

The de-nitrification process is just one part of the overall environmental programme for the power plant, which also includes the de-sulphurisation project that began in 2012. Both investment projects will be implemented while the power plant continues to operate.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava is investing a total of US$75.5M (CZK1.5bn) in the ‘greening’ of its power plant. While the de-sulphurisation project, at a cost of US$25M (CZK500M) is being financed by ArcelorMittal Ostrava, the de-nitrification project will take advantage of a European subsidy provided by a fund administered by the Ministry of Environment.