The main goal was to demonstrate the operation of state-of-the art mine water treatment units. Because of the expansion of mining operations, new treatment units are scheduled for construction at the Yalevskogo mine. In the northern side of the plant, a facility has been designed, which includes a slurry tank and modular-type treatment units in the form of two containers provided with advanced equipment manufactured by EnviroChemie GmbH (Germany). Thanks to the multistage treatment, up to 90 percent of the water can be reused for production needs. The treated water discharged in natural water bodies meets all sanitary standards. The total cost of the future facility with a capacity of 180 m3/h is 300 million roubles (about US$ 4.7 million).
At the Yalevskogo mine, villagers learnt about the up-to-date underground coal-mining technology and the equipment used to ensure production and environmental safety of the work. The active system of tailing ponds and a container-type modular unit were shown at the Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya mine. Employees of the company explained in detail all the processes of multistage treatment and its efficiency.
'This kind of dialogue with the local population is certainly necessary,' Sergey Vysotsky, Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Kemerovo region, who participated in the tour, said. 'Today, people could see with their own eyes how modern treatment facilities operate and why they are required. The governor says that we should be as open as possible. SUEK-Kuzbass is a good example not only because it introduces the most advanced technologies, but also because it strives for effective cooperation and interaction with local residents with respect to environmental matters.'It should be noted that JSC SUEK-Kuzbass has been implementing a comprehensive environmental programme for a number of years. From 2011 to 2017, 4 billion roubles (about US$ 62.5 million) were allocated for these purposes. In the next five years, investment in environmental protection will amount to another 5 billion roubles (about US$ 78 million).