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Public Joint Stock Company ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is one of the leaders among the largest enterprises of Mining and Steel Complex of Ukraine and part of the international company ArcelorMittal, world steel producer number 1 and one of the largest foreign investors in the country. PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is a full-cycle steel plant, which consists of the coke and by-product plant, ore mining (open pits and underground ore mining) and steel production which parts are sinter and blast furnace, steel and rolled departments.

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Message from our leadership

Paramjit Kahlon,
CEO of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

Leading the way

Why using steel slag as a fertiliser is a win-win

Message from our leadership

Dear readers,

We are one of Ukraine’s leading steelmakers and part of the largest steel producer worldwide. ArcelorMittal’s sustainable development concept published in 2015 establishes 'outcomes' or goals for our business and provides a broader perspective on initiatives being implemented in the group in the environment, social and economic areas. This concept is an integral part of the company’s activities and a key factor in development of our plant. We believe that we can contribute in sustainable development of modern world through the careful use of resources, minimising the environment impact of our activity, and improving life in the city and region in which we operate.

This report contains a review of our activity towards these 10 sustainable development outcomes, informing you of our progress and achievements as well as the existing problems we have faced during the year and need to overcome in future.

2015 year was tough for the global mining and steel industry and for our plant. This was above all the result of a slump in global steel demand due to China’s dumping and a slowing economy. Yet we were able to withstand and even improve some of our results compared with 2014.

First, we reduced occupational injury rate significantly to 0.35. Safety is our priority number one and we will continue our efforts to achieve zero injuries and accidents among our employees and contractors.

Our employees were and remain our main asset. The average salary rate at ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is one of the highest among top mining and steel companies in Ukraine and we provide our people with one of the best social packages in mining and steel industry, including professional and career growth opportunities, and training at ArcelorMittal University.

We have implemented some of key environmental investment projects: the overhaul of blast furnace #6 and the reconstruction of converter #5, reducing dust emissions by 12% overall. Capital investment amounted to more than 5.1 billion hryvna. We will continue investments in 2016 as a part of our modernisation strategy of the whole plant.

In 2015 ArcelorMittal marked 10 years of operation in Ukraine undertaking significant commitments in environment and social areas, and in the eyes of the country, this region and our employees, we are responsible for their fulfilment.

ArcelorMittal Group continues to be committed to work in Ukraine, despite the difficult context for the global steel industry and the company. As one of the major tax payers in the country, we continue to support the Ukrainian economy. In 2015, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih contributed more than 8.6 billion hryvna in tax and duties to the government. We will continue to invest in our industrial operations in future to support the sustainable development of our business, our employees and the local community.

Paramjit Kahlon,
CEO of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

Leading the way

Why using steel slag as a fertiliser is a win-win

“More widespread use of steelmaking slag in agricultural applications will allow society to solve several important issues at once” – Evgeniy Shidlovskiy, ArcelorMittal

A major by-product of our industry, slag has long been sold by steelmakers for use in construction. Its applications in agriculture are less well known, but ArcelorMittal research in Ukraine is unearthing the true value of slag to famers looking to improve soil properties and crop yield.

One of the main reasons farmers need fertiliser is to reduce the amount of acidity in soil. Thankfully, steel slag has exactly the right chemical composition to do this. It’s been used in agriculture for some time – notably in the USA, Germany, and France. But now technicians at our Kryvyi Rih site in Ukraine have been exploring new ways to sell slag as a fertiliser or soil improver.

The aim of their research? To help transform industrial waste recycling while establishing an effective, cost-efficient fertiliser to rival lime. In other words, to create a win-win for the steelmaking and agriculture industries alike.

A project team in Kryvyi Rih recognised that the first thing we needed to do was to establish a good understanding of what properties farmers are looking for in a fertiliser. This enabled us to ensure the slag delivered by our company would have the best-possible combination of minerals, such as calcium oxide, phosphate, magnesium and sulphur – trace elements support plant growth.

Pilots were conducted in the Volyn and Kharkov regions in partnership with three academic partners. The National Scientific Center based in Kharkov conducted biological investigations, while employees from the Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology conducted toxicity studies. Additional environmental research was carried out in partnership with the Institute of Agroecology and Biotechnology, Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences based in Kiev.

The 2015 field trials confirmed the benefits of using steelmaking slag as a fertiliser for soil deoxidation. Importantly, the study demonstrated that slag represents no threat to the natural fauna and flora so is harmless to the environment.

Tests also showed that corn, beetroot, barley and sunflowers harvests were 230% higher when using slag as a fertliser. Rich in calcium oxide, phosphorus, kalium, sodium and other elements, the slag fertiliser positively affects soil conditions and subsequent crop yields.

Evgeniy Shidlovskiy, chief technical officer at ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, said: “Using steelmaking slag in agricultural applications will allow us to eliminate substantial steelmaking wastes and will allow farmers to optimise the pH levels in their soil, cut costs and improve their harvests”.