Avilés/Gijón, Spain - The project to refurbish and recommission the existing facilities, with an execution time of two years, will ensure compliance with the environmental requirements defined in the current integrated environmental authorisation granted for this facility and will include the implementation of the best available techniques (BAT) as defined in the applicable reference document (BREF) that will come into force in 2016.
The main part of the approved investment will be focused on the re-construction of two 45-oven batteries at ArcelorMittal Asturias’ coke plant in Gijón, installation of a state-of-the-art emission collection and scrubbing system, and implementation of efficient by-product management systems. The refurbishment work will start in mid-2016 and the coke oven batteries are expected to reach full capacity in 2019.
The project also includes a series of additional investments to be carried out in other facilities, to adapt their processes following the re-start of the batteries, which are expected to produce the first batch of coke in the first half of 2018. Once operational, the Gijón coke oven batteries will be able to meet the coke requirements of the blast furnaces at the site.
José Manuel Arias, Asturias Cluster CEO, highlighted the importance of this investment: “The investment approved will ensure coke production in ArcelorMittal Asturias for the next 40 years, and will contribute to securing the future of the steel industry in our region”.
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