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ArcelorMittal’s steelmaking operations in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, completed a €7.7mn upgrade of an environmental protection package in September.


According to local media reports on September 24, the project was split into two parts, with the first being a €5.6mn installation of a second hybrid filter on its sintering plant to improve the capture of large and fine particulate matter.


Installation of the second filter has reduced dust emissions below 10 mg/Nm3, compared to the 50-milligram threshold in Bosnia, but also under the European limits, according to the company.


The second phase was the introduction of a €2.1m secondary basic oxygen furnace dedusting (dust extraction) system, which is expected to be commissioned by the year-end.


ArcelorMittal Zenica commented that when coupled with the combined heat and power (CHP) plant this will ensure that the company fulfills almost all its legal obligations under its environmental permit by the end of 2020.


ArcelorMittal Zenica consists of an integrated steelworks with a liquid phase (coke oven, sintering plant, blast furnace) and a steel plant. The ore is supplied by the nearby Prijedor Mine.


The facilities include both the integrated and electric arc furnace steelmaking process with a production capacity of 1mn mt per annum, and the ability to produce rebar, coiled bar, and wire rod. 

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