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SUEK masters production of environmentally friendly smokeless fuel from lignite

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World Coal,

Trial sales of the new product produced at SUEK's Berezovsky open pit began with the start of heating season in the Krasnoyarsk region, where the opencast mine is located.

As highlighted by Andrey Fedorov, the General Director of SUEK-Krasnoyarsk, by coopering with science, coal miners are contributing to the preservation of a favourable regional environment. 

The new fuel type offers several advantages for customers. “It offers a high calorific value,” explains the General Director of SUEK-Krasnoyarsk , “Its calorific value is up to 6000 kcal/kg, which is 1.5 times higher than lignite coal. This means we are able to outperform both fuel pellets and hard coal used for heating individual houses and the private sector in Krasnoyarsk". 

The smokeless fuel was first introduced at the XIV Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum in April of this year. The launch was held as part of the ratification of the Regional Environmental Charter between the Krasnoyarsk region and the region’s largest industrial enterprises, the scientific community, and the public. According to the signatories, the document is of a pronounced social nature and testifies to the common readiness of businesses, authorities, and civil society to concert efforts to maintain a healthy environmental situation in the territory.

Anatoly Tsykalov, the Krasnoyarsk Regional Minister of Industry, Energy and Trade, spoke highly of the new fuel’s prospects, emphasising that "the use of smokeless fuel will not only improve the environmental situation in residential areas, but also increase the energy efficiency of heat sources."

SUEK is implementing several environmental actions in the region as part of the Year of the Ecology and commitments with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service and the Krasnoyarsk Government. In particular, these include the upgrade and construction of treatment facilities to control the quality of discharged pit water, the introduction of modern technologies to reduce atmospheric emissions from industrial facilities and the acquisition of additional equipment for more thorough environmental monitoring, which is regularly conducted at opencast coal pits.

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