UMMC invests several million in water treatment.

The Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), founded and chaired by Iskander Makhmudov, has just published a report on its Svyatogor mine. A nine-minute video that explains how the company is committed to the restoration and protection of the local ecosystem.

The film first deals with Tarnier’s zone where Svyatogor conducted its activities from 2006 to 2014. Although the deposit has been fully exploited to date, the UMMC subsidiary continues to treat quarry and groundwater using the latest technologies.

“The biological reagents of particular interest for our facilities are aquatic reed and cattail plants. This technique is used all over the world to treat wastewater with sulfates and metals.” said Irina Bichukina, head of the environmental department of Svyatogor OJSC.

According to her, “a major work of remediation” is underway at the Shemursky landfill. The metallurgists are planning to cover the area with a special material that will allow grass to be planted on the surface, soon turning the old landfill into a green hill.

“The problem of leakage of some of the groundwater occurred in 2017. Svyatogor is constantly rebuilding sewage treatment plants to collect and treat all the water. Over the next two years, the second phase of the project will be launched, which will boost productivity. According to experts, this initiative will bring about a lasting normalisation of the situation,” concluded Irina Bichukina.