The investments of “Arkhangelsk PPM”, JSC amounted to 3.5 bln.RUB for implementation of measures based on the BAT (Best Available Technologies) in 2018. Evgenia Moskalyuk, the Chief Ecologist of “Arkhangelsk PPM”, JSC, has reported about this at the ecological forum “Clean North – clean country” in Arkhangelsk. In particular, the following measures have been done – construction of a new evaporation station of Board Production Plant, construction of a new coal boiler with high-impact gas treatment unit, upgrade of ash disposal area. The implementation of measures is still ongoing.
The report was presented at the working section “Ecological Compliance” and was focused to prepare together with governmental authorities the proposals on working-out the measures allowing to ensure the ecological safety in Russia, taking into account the practical effects of pulp and paper mill. It was noted, that the first step of BAT principles use was the pilot project on changing the wastewater discharge regulation system of Arkhangelsk region enterprises implemented in the beginning of 2000 upon initiative of governmental authorities, leading institutes and enterprises of the region.
According to Evgenia Moskalyuk, APPM had jointly spent for BAT approximately 11 bln.RUB since 2008 till 2018. All of this allow significantly reducing the negative impact on the environment. She illustrates her thesis by key performance indicators for environmental compliance. Thus, while the volume of production expanded the river water abstraction within the 10 years has reduced from 149 mln. m³ in 2008 till 127 mln. m³ in 2018, pollutants discharge – from 12 th.t/year till 9 th.t/year respectively, waste disposal – from 300 th.t/year till 140 th.t/year respectively.
Considering the forum agenda formed through the prism of waste handling reform, the Chief Ecologist of the mill has reminded that based the results of four years work of Valmet multi-fuel boiler at TPP-1, two boilers at TPP-3 which use a fuel mixture of sewage sludge and bark and wood waste as a fuel, the mill achieved zero indicator of biomass waste placement – main large-capacity pulp and paper production wastes – at the disposal sites.
“Traditionally, the definition of “ecological safety of Pulp Production Plant” is associated by inhabitants with emissions of substances with the bad smell. In 2019 APPM will complete the construction of a new evaporation station with the installation of equipment for the sulfur-containing (foul-smelling) emissions disposal,” told Evgenia Moskalyuk. “We estimate that the commissioning of the facility will have a significant ecological effect.” According to estimates, the new gas combustion unit will almost completely eliminate the foul-smelling emissions resulting from the board production. The Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill expects a total ecological effect in the form of reducing water consumption by 20%, pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases by 50%, discharges into a water by 20% following the implementation of the medium-term strategy of the plant in the field of environmental protection.