ArcelorMittal Ostrava has launched a US$50M environment project that will cut annual nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 600t/y in its Czech plant.

The investment involves the de-nitrification of the site’s power plant. Construction will begin in July, with commissioning expected in early 2015. 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 ofCZK1.5bn (US$75.5M) in the ‘greening’ of its power plant. While the de-sulphurisation project, at a cost of CZK500M (US$25M) 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.