Yevgeny Yevtushenko, SUEK Krasnoyarsk Deputy CEO and Technical Director discussed the company’s environmental initiatives while attending the VI Environmental Conference, organised by Norilsk Nickel.
"SUEK views environmental protection as an intrinsic part of its production activities. Investments in upcoming environmental programmes will exceed RUB 3.5bn (about US$ 60 million). Already from the project design stage, we seek to minimise environmental risks, if not completely eliminate them.
"The company is implementing a series of comprehensive projects for the treatment of quarry water, representing investments of hundreds of millions of roubles. In addition, together with our energy partners, we have launched a project to eliminate coal ash and boiler slag, which will be used to backfill coalmines. As well, we want to loop the production and supply of quarry water for the needs of power stations.
"An important area of our work is land reclamation, with the compulsory planting of plant species and trees on mined areas. We are currently working on a project to create recreational spaces complete with water reservoirs, park areas, and running and bicycling paths, as done in Europe. As such, we are not only returning disturbed land back to their natural state, but also developing social infrastructure in our mining towns,” noted Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
As a reminder, as part of its environmental activities in the Krasnoyarsk region during the Year of Ecology, SUEK sent over a third of a billion roubles, including as part of a quadripartite agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service and the regional Government.