SUEK Deputy CEO and Logistics Director Denis Ilatovsky presented key environmental solutions implemented at SUEK logistics assets during a session of the Federal Environmental Council, in particular in the field of air protection at the Daltransugol terminal, the Murmansk Commercial Seaport, and at the Stevedoring Company Maly Port.
Denis Ilatovsky mentioned that SUEK, in cooperation with Russia’s leading project institutes, conducted a scientific and technical survey of global best practices in dust suppression during coal transhipment operations at ports. A list of best practices and measures for dust suppression and the minimisation of dust formation was formulated based on the experience of the 15 largest ports in the world, representing more than 600 million tonnes in total coal cargo turnover. The result has been a reduction in environmental impact according to the best available global standards.
Denis Ilatovsky highlighted that the Daltransugol terminal already implemented most of the findings from the review of global practices. This includes technological processes, such as the optimal configuration of equipment and loading operations, the covering of equipment and areas of intensive dust formation, the moistening of coal, terminal landscaping, as well as the cleaning of the site, roads, and equipment and mechanisms.
In 2010-2016, USD$ 3.3m were invested in the implementation of the Daltransugol dust suppression programme. Work is currently underway to design windshields, implement an ISO 14001-2016 environmental management system, and select the most effective additives for dust control, as well as the implementation of a project for the automated control of air emissions at the site’s perimeter.
Denis Ilatovsky noted that dust suppression solutions are also being implemented at the Murmansk Commercial Seaport. In particular, the introduction of five fog cannons especially equipped for winter conditions permitted a 49% reduction in airborne dust particles, while the utilisation of grapples of higher capacity reduced dust emissions by 17% over 4 years. As well, two cleaning vacuums were put in operation. To reduce dust formation, the port’s operational processes were completely re-evaluated, which allowed to decrease the amount of equipment used as well as cut atmospheric emissions in half. In June 2017, for the first time in Murmansk’s history, a sewage treatment facility will be put into operation in the port area.
Denis Ilatovsky stressed that the port of Murmansk will be the first in our country to include an automated system for the control of emissions from multi-sources at the site’s perimeter, followed by the implementation of an environmental dispatching project. The system will rely on electronic samplers at control points to ensure the continuous monitoring of particles and dust precipitation at the site’s perimeter.
Ilatovsky recalled that, in accordance with Federal reports* and independent research, atmospheric pollution stemming from the economic activities of the ports is negligible. The share of emissions from Murmansk Commercial Seaport within total emissions from stationary sources in Murmansk is 0.66%, while the share of Daltransugol in emissions from stationary sources in the Khabarovsk Territory is 0.16%. At the same time, SUEK continues to work intensively to minimise any negative impact and implements new environmental programmes and projects.
Following Denis Ilatovsky’s statement, the Head of the Federal Service for Supervision in the Field of Nature Management, Artem Sidorov, commented on the close cooperation between Rosprirodnadzor and SUEK, including as part of the Year of Ecology, and stressed that SUEK is committed to achieve maximum efficiency in the implementation of its environmental activities.
As a reminder, as part of the Year of Ecology, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service and SUEK entered into nine cooperation agreements representing investments of USD$ 46 million. In addition, the Murmansk Port is implementing a comprehensive USD$ 25 million environmental programme.
* Federal reports ‘State and protection of the environment in the Murmansk region in 2015’, ‘State and protection of the environment of Khabarovsk Krai in 2015’, ‘State and protection of the environment of the Russian Federation in 2015’.