26 April 2017

SUEK to implement over $8.3m in projects during the Year of Ecology

SUEK will spend more than $8.3m on implement environmental projects in the Kemerovo region in 2017.

The investments are part of an agreement between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources, the Administrative Board of the Kemerovo region and SUEK-Kuzbass. The agreement was signed by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia Sergey Donskoy, the head of RosPrirodNadzor Artem Sidorov, the Governor of the Kemerovo region Aman Tuleyev, and SUEK Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Rashevsky. The cooperation agreement covers the implementation of projects in 2017, which is the Year of Ecology in the Russian Federation.

The most significant projects to be implemented in the Kuzbass region are the construction and overhaul of the container-based treatment facilities at the Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya and Yalevskogo mines. Environmental measures call for the modernisation of the effluent cleaning facilities at the Rubana mine with an increase in capacity of up to 500 m3/h, as well as the removal and replacement of mercury-containing devices for mercury-free instruments at the company’s underground and open-pit mines.

A large working group, including scientists, will collaborate within the framework of the project ‘Assessment of water resources and the minimisation of the technogenic impact on biodiversity’, which includes a comprehensive monitoring program of the Nizhnyaya Tykhta, Kyrgai, and Inya rivers. The research will study the impact of coal mining at various stages of the water regime, identifying the features and sustainability of plant and animal life, while examining changes from anthropogenic impact.

"In 2017, the company will dedicate more than $53bn to the implementation of environmental measures in the regions of its presence, including as part of the Year of the Ecology," said Vladimir Rashevsky, SUEK CEO. "Coal is the most reliable and most affordable source of energy in the world. Russia is rich in mineral resources and we should take advantage of this. Naturally, we must find solutions to environmental issues and the business community has a very practical approach. Environmental quality and quality of life go together. "

SUEK is one of the leading coal mining companies in the world, the largest coal producer in Russia, and the largest supplier to the domestic market and exporter. SUEK’s mining, processing, transportation and service facilities are located in eight regions of Russia and employ more than 33.500 people. The main shareholder is Andrey Melnichenko.
Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta
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