Sulfur Program first line’s efficiency makes 99.6 percent

Sulfur Program first line’s efficiency makes 99.6 percent

April 10, 2024

By the end of 2024, Nadezhda metallurgical plant is faced with the task of launching comprehensive testing of the second and third technological lines.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The first technological line of Nornickel’s Sulfur Program launched at the Nadezhda metallurgical plant (NMP) is producing results – sulfur dioxide emissions are gradually decreasing. Efficiency exceeds planned levels and reaches 99.6 percent.

Over the course of five months, the NMP utilized more than 40 thousand tons of sulfur dioxide from waste gases. The indicators were verified by the Rosprirodnadzor federal environment monitoring organization: the State Center for Laboratory Analysis and Technical Measurements in the Siberian Federal District confirmed their reliability and the high efficiency of the first production line at the level of 99.6 percent. This was announced by Galina Veluzhinets, director of the Nornickel’s Polar Branch’s industrial ecology department.

During this time, 55 thousand tons of sulfuric acid – a product of process gas utilization – were produced,. And already in the process of the acid neutralizing, about 80 thousand tons of gypsum pulp came out.

By the end of 2024, the NMP is faced with the task of launching comprehensive testing of the second and third technological lines of the Sulfur Program.

The plant’s chief engineer Maxim Pedanov said that the project currently involves almost 400 employees of the enterprise itself and more than 1500 specialists from contracting organizations.

According to him, the uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that the equipment for all three lines is located in the same buildings, which makes it possible to simultaneously carry out comprehensive testing of the first line and complete construction and installation work on the other two. At the same time, the experience gained when launching the first line is applied to the rest, which contributes to more efficient work.

“According to the plan, emissions in Norilsk will be reduced by 20 percent this year. This will solve the main task of the federal Clean Air program, which is aimed at radically improving the air in 12 large industrial cities, including Norilsk”, commented Stanislav Seleznev, vice president for ecology and industrial safety at Nornickel.

Let us remind you that the first stage of Nornickel’s flagship project started on October 25, 2023 at the NMP.

With the launch of all three lines, emissions will be reduced by more than 400 thousand tons, and after reaching design capacity in 2025–2026, the reduction at the Polar Branch will be 45 percent, or more than 900 thousand tons per year, compared to the base year 2017.

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Text: Angelika Stepanova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch’s press service

April 10, 2024

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