PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD TO ASSESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE PROPOSED ACTIVITIES OF THE INDUSTRIAL FACILITY, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE METHANOL M-500 UNIT. [10.03.2021]
The public has supported Shchekinoazot OJSC's project for the construction of a methanol production unit with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year.
The project was presented by Oleg Makarov, Deputy General Director and Project Manager of Shchekinoazot OJSC.
He drew the public's attention to the fact that the construction of the Methanol M-500 unit at Shchekinoazot OJSC's industrial site had already been a subject of public hearings in 2018, when it received a positive conclusion from the Main State Expert Review Board and a Construction Permit. The project is currently underway, with construction works at their final stage.
However, the changes to Russian legislation regarding the set of documents required for the MSER, which we made in 2019, obliged the company to obtain a separate positive conclusion of the State Environmental Expert Review Board, which comes before the MSER.
Due to this and the changes to engineering solutions made during the development of operational documentation, the NIIK company is correcting the Design Documentation to obtain a positive conclusion of the MSER regarding the changes.
NIIK OJSC is developing environmental impact assessment materials and design documentation for the Methanol M-500 unit at Shchekinoazot OJSC's industrial site.
In early February, the Project was subjected for an open public discussion in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Law No. 174-FZ Concerning Ecological Examinations dated 23.11.1995. and the Regulation on Assessment of Environmental Impact of Planned Economic and Other Activities in the Russian Federation, approved by the Order of the State Ecology Committee of the Russian Federation, dated May 16, 2000, No. 372.
Together with the administration of the Shchekino region, Shchekinoazot OJSC announced the start of public discussions about the Design Documentation, including the environmental impact assessment (EIA) materials for the Methanol M 500 unit at the industrial site of Shchekinoazot OJSC, which is subject to the state environmental review.
The purpose of the impact assessment is to prevent or mitigate the impact of the planned activities on the environment and the associated social, economic and other consequences.
The EIA hearings were held on 9th of March. The public supported Shchekinoazot OJSC's project for the construction of a methanol production unit with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year.
Oleg Makarov presented a report with information about the project and told about the long history of the city-forming enterprise, how it formed and developed and the release of first chemical products in 1955. Over the years, the company has built and put into operation a gas plant and urea, ammonia, methanol, caprolactam, formalin and hydrogen production facilities.
These days, Shchekinoazot is a modern, dynamically growing company and an active participant in the implementation of industrial development programmes in the Tula Region.
Over the past 15 years, 16 investment projects with an investment volume of more than a billion US dollars have been successfully implemented at the company's industrial site.
The M-500 project will allow Shchekinoazot to increase its total methanol production to 1.5 million tonnes per year and become the leading methanol manufacturer in Russia and one of the leading manufacturers in Europe.
At present, Shchekinoazot produces grade A methanol. Its quality meets the highest requirements set by the Russian Quality and Word Quality programmes.
The manufacturing process is based on the licensed technology by Haldor Topsoe, one of the world's leading suppliers of methanol production technologies. Shchekinoazot has been working with the Danish company for more than 13 years, resulting in the construction of two methanol production units and hydrogen facility using Haldor Topsoe's technology.
Among the advantages of this technology are the availability of raw materials, reduced power consumption and reduced environmental impact.
The head of the M-500 unit project briefed the participants of the hearings on its progress.
First, Shchekinoazot conducted a pre-design study, chose a general designer (the Dzerzhinsk-based company NIIK), completed the development of design documentation and obtained a construction permit. In 2018, it selected a general contractor, the Volgograd-based company NZM. Construction began in December 2018, with the first piles driven into the foundation of the future production unit.
Today, the construction of the third methanol production unit nearing its completion. Under all sorts of constraints due to the ongoing pandemic, the general contractor manages to stay on schedule, and the new unit is looking more complete by the day.
The technical and economic indicators of the methanol production unit correspond to those of the best available technologies.
The new M-500 methanol production unit meets the latest requirements in terms of control and automation. It utilises an automated control (gas analysers) of substances released into the atmosphere. The process is arranged in a way as to ensure the unit's optimal, reliable and stable operation with minimal operating costs and a maximally safe technological process while taking into account the conditions at the enterprise's operating site and the specifics of the auxiliary systems.
The unit will operate in a continuous mode throughout the year. It will need an estimated 132 engineering and service employees. Residents of Shchekino and Pervomayskiy will have the first priority for the vacancies.
Shchekinoazot OJSC operates in accordance with the requirements of the environmental legislation of the Russian Federation and universally accepted international principles and agreements. In addition, production processes are directly related to the Company's strategy in the field of technical development and social responsibility.
The company uses a system of environmental monitoring and management of significant environmental projects and processes that allows professionals to continuously monitor the environment, assess the effectiveness of environmental protection measures and prevent unwanted negative impacts in a timely manner.
To ensure the application of modern management methods, the company has implemented an integrated management system that encompasses quality, ecology, occupational health and safety. Shchekinoazot OJSC's management system is certified by the international companies SGS and MOODY.
With this project, Shchekinoazot aims to create a high-tech methanol production facility on its territory that meets the strictest environmental and energy conservation requirements. It will help to create new highly productive jobs with competitive salaries and will let the company expand its presence in the global and domestic markets, enter new markets, and develop the export potential of the Tula region's processing industry.
...The environmental impact assessment has shown that the new production facility will not disrupt the ecological balance in the region or create environmental risks and risks to public health.
As Oleg Makarov notes, the main conclusion in terms of environmental impact is that the planned economic activity aimed at the creation of the M-500 methanol production unit will not violate the existing ecological balance in the area.
The design documentation is subject to the main state and environmental review, which will assess its quality, compliance with the requirements of legislative acts and regulatory and procedural documents and the possibility of practical implementation.