South Africa: Zero effluent discharge (ZED)
Our Newcastle site has just opened a new $40 million facility to treat wastewater, as part of a wider initiative designed to eliminate effluent at all our South African sites. It will be fully commissioned early in 2015. Considerable investments at our Saldanha and Vanderbijlpark steel plants had already resulted in ZED status. Regrettably, Vanderbijlpark lost its ZED status after process water was repeatedly discharged into the stormwater collection system and due to constraints in water treatment capacity during the year. This status was subsequently reinstated. An amount of $8 million was approved for effecting remedies with preliminary projections indicating that Vanderbijlpark’s ZED status could be sustained during 2015.