19 June 2006
Environment protection technology of Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) named the Best Ecological Project in 2006
Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) is delighted to announce that it became the winner of the Annual Contest “Best Ecological Project” organized by the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision and “Industrial Ecology” magazine.
Industrial companies, environment protection professionals and R&D organizations took part in the contest with 150 projects.
NLMK won the award for implementation of modern control systems and waste handling technologies. NLMK presented at the contest its waste neutralization technology developed and implemented by the Company (this technology is used for neutralization of polychlorinebiphenyl (PCB) waste (sovtol and sovol) synthetic oils that were widely applied in electrical equipment several decades ago).
This technology provides successful solutions for safe disposal of power transformers containing sovtol and other overage electrical equipment that posed serious ecological problems.
Since the start of implementation of the environmental protection project in 1999, over 520 tonnes of liquid PCB, 267 transformers contaminated by sovtol, over 2300 capacitors containing sovol and over 10 tonnes of materials contaminated by PCB have been recycled. By 2015 the Company is planning to put out of operation all the equipment containing PCB and neutralize all waste of this type.