Maly Port will invest 2.1 billion roubles (about $34 million) through 2020, including 228 million roubles (about $3.7 million) in environmental protection. At the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Ministry of Transport of Russia, Rosprirodnadzor, Primorsky Regional Administration, Rosmorport and Maly Port signed an agreement on cooperation aimed at completing the transition of Maly Port to shielded coal transshipment and ensuring favourable environmental conditions for the population of the city of Nakhodka.
In accordance with the signed agreement, Maly Port plans to invest more than 730 million roubles (about $12 million), including 127 million roubles (about $2 million) in environmental programmes this year.
'The Primorsky region and Maly Port in particular are strategically important areas for us, and in this regard we will make every effort to minimise the negative impact of coal transshipment on the environment and residents of Nakhodka. Today, we have officially confirmed our intentions and, moreover, have already proceeded with specific measures,' Denis Ilatovsky, Director of Logistics of SUEK, one of the major shareholders of Maly Port, noted.
In September 2016, Maly Port concluded a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Rosprirodnadzor and Primorsky Regional Administration. As part of the comprehensive investment and environmental programmes, the terminal has been equipped with unique 4-metre protective walls along the entire perimeter of the production site, which completely shields the coal storage from the wind. According to the experts, the use of new portal cranes has reduced the number of coal transshipment operations, along with dust emissions, by 20 times.
The main upgrade measures deal with the dust suppression system. Loading and unloading operations involve cranes that prevent spills, which means no dust formation. The pile spraying system includes 4 mobile fog-generating units, spraying fog and snow within a radius of 80 metres. Their capacity is 2400 litres/hour. Under the new agreement, 4 more stationary units will be installed on 12-metre masts. In addition, in November this year, a video surveillance system and automatic dust analysers will be put into operation. These measures, along with a climate monitoring system, operated together with the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet), will regulate the humidity of the coal and prevent dust in the course of loading and unloading operations.