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Karabashmed Launches Commissioning Operations on Mechanized Copper Casting Line

The new Equipment was inspected by Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Boris Dubrovsky.

On September 18, 2017, as part of a working visit to the Karabash urban district, Governor of Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky launched the commissioning of a modern mechanized line for blister copper casting at Karabashmed (a subsidiary of the Russian Copper Company).

The new automatic equipment will boost the productivity of the enterprise`s metallurgical division. In addition, it will help to reduce the emission of waste gases during copper casting with the help of an efficient air ventilation and cleaning system, thereby improving working conditions on the filling line.

During the inspection visit to the production site, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RCC Igor Altushkin told the head of the region about the comprehensive modernization programme at Karabashmed and its ongoing projects to improve environmental safety. The group also toured the new industrial wastewater treatment division, which has enabled the introduction of closed-cycle water circulation to further reduce the environmental impact of the plant’s operations.

“Karabashmed is undergoing a thorough modernization. All the company`s plans and declarations are being implemented. Today, we have seen that the metallurgical part of the plant is almost completed. What was previously emitted into the atmosphere is now captured and decontaminated. These changes are having a positive impact on the ecological situation in the city. And I think the appearance of vegetation on the slopes of the nearby mountains is the best proof of this,» said Governor of Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky.

"From 2004 to 2016, RCC spent more than 16 bln rubles on developing and improving environmental safety at Karabashmed. Over 4 bln rubles will be invested in 2017 – 2018. This money will be used to increase the plant’s blister copper production capacity to 150,000 tons per year. The major objective of the modernization programme is not only to increase the plant’s productivity, but also to improve working conditions and minimize environmental stress. Thanks to the large-scale renovation of the plant, we have already managed to reduce emissions by more than 20 times in comparison with 2000," said Chairman of the Board of Directors of RCC Igor Altushkin.

Construction of the mechanized blister copper filling line at Karabashmed is included in a programme of activities at RCC`s enterprises to mark the Year of Ecology in Russia. An agreement on the project between the plant, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources and the Government of the Chelyabinsk region was signed in November 2016.The agreement also covers the installation of new converters with gas-tight dust caps and the replacement of the gas purification system. All these measures will help to further reduce industrial emissions at the plant.

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