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Kola mining company cuts sulfur emissions

The Kola mining and metallurgical company modernizes melting furnaces to reduce emissions of sulfur

MURMANSK, April 10. /TASS/. The Kola mining and metallurgical company (Kola MMC, a part of Nornikel) modernizes melting furnaces to reduce emissions of sulfur, the company’s press service said on Tuesday.

According to the company, ore-thermal furnace number 3 undergoes modernization now. "Result of the technology equipment’s repairing and the production cycle’s modernization is that the furnace shop reduces gradually the sulfur emissions."

According to the schedule, the furnace’s repairing will continue for 20 days. During this time, one of the key efforts would be to renew more than 800 square meters of the shop’s roof, right above the furnace. The new roof would not be subject to corrosion, it is designed to operate for 40 years.

When repairing the roof, the company will also replace the supply ventilation to improve working conditions for the shop’s workers. The shop has three thermal furnaces, two of them continue working.

The Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company is a leading production complex in the Murmansk Region - a major producer of non-ferrous metals, including strategic metals. The company is the world’s biggest nickel refining enterprise and Russia’s only producer of electrolytic cobalt of highest grades. The Kola MMC produces 39% of nickel and 42% of cobalt the Norilsk Nickel Company produces. The products are supplied to the doestic market and exported to European countries.

Nickel is the basis of most super-alloys for heat-resistant materials, which are used in the aerospace industry for power machines’ parts. Russia’s one of the largest deposits of nickel ores is in the Murmansk region.