Russian steelmaker NLMK has launched what it regards as ‘an important environmental project’ at its Lipetsk site.

The project, which involves the reconstruction of de-dusting system at the company’s 3.2Mt/year blast furnace number six, will result in a more than six-fold reduction in dust emissions from the furnace, reducing dust emissions by more than 20%.

The plan is to replace several de-dusting systems at the casting yard, the trestle, the receiver and the breeze bins as well as installing ‘next generation’ bag filters in place of the current electric filters.

Sergey Filatov, Novolipetsk managing director, commented: “As a result of the reconstruction, de-dusting efficiency will increase by a factor of six to 5mg/m3.”

The entire exercise is part of the company’s 2020 environmental programme, announced in May 2014, and aimed at minimising the NLMK Group’s environmental programme at a cost of around RUB10.6 billion (US$153 million).

NLMK hopes to increase waste recycling from 5% to 25% and achieve zero waste water discharge at all group sites, not forgetting compliance with all environmental standards by all enterprises within the Group and complete elimination of waste accumulated over previous years.