Environmental Management

In furtherance of sustainable development, our efforts during the year were focused on improving the environmental efficiency of production processes, reducing consumption of natural resources, and minimising waste disposal.

TMK’s strategic priority is to ensure transition to the best available technologies with the highest economic and environmental performance.

In its operations, TMK follows international environmental protection initiatives and agreements and complies with national environmental standards and regulations. The introduction of an environmental dimension in the management of business operations enabled us to make consistent planning and management decisions in the field of environmental management during our large-scale upgrade, technical re-equipment, and expansion. Ten of the Company’s manufacturing plants are certified and audited annually for compliance with ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) international standard. Continuous improvement of environmental management was once again confirmed by international auditors in 2012.

Environmental Investments for Transition to Best Available Technologies

In 2012, TMK spent USD 61.1m on environmental activities and compliance. A total of 25 environmental investment activities were implemented in the amount of USD 18.9m related to the following projects:

  • construction of water recycling systems;
  • reduction in pollutant emissions;
  • waste water treatment;
  • waste disposal and land reclamation.

Emissions Control

In order to reduce negative impact on the air, TMK introduces advanced technology with a high degree of industrial emissions treatment. Activities in this area are carried out every year, including overhaul of treatment facilities to improve the efficiency of gas cleaning, etc. Current atmospheric emissions control expenses amounted to USD 6.3m. In 2012, the treatment facilities of TMK’s Russian division operating units captured and neutralised 23.8 tonnes of pollutants.

Key activities and results:

  • TAGMET has nearly completed the construction of an electric arc furnace equipped featuring modern efficient gas cleaning systems.
  • ТМК-RESITA carried out a set of initiatives to reduce dust levels in the neighbouring areas for a total of USD 4m resulting in 5% lower dust emissions.
  • Recycling Water Supply Accounting for More Than 94.2% at TMK’s Plants

  • The Sinarsky Pipe Plant completed the technical phase of land reclamation at the 2nd and 3rd sludge dumps.
  • Mobile labs were commissioned resulting in broader scope and higher quality of environmental control at the Sinarsky Pipe Plant.

Water Management

TMK’s strategic priority in reducing the impact on water bodies is transition to recycling water supply. Water recycling is a prerequisite for the commissioning of new production capacities, upgrade and reconstruction of production facilities.

TMK’s plants are implementing an integrated approach to water resource management which, over time, results in optimised water consumption, distribution, use, and sewage.

In 2012, TMK went on developing its water recycling system and enhancing the efficiency of its existing water treatment facilities, with the recycling water supply accounting for more than 94.2% at TMK’s plants.

The water body protection expenses amounted to USD 18.7m in 2012 resulting in material improvements to water consumption/sewage ratios vs. 2011:

  • 13.5% reduction in aggregate water consumption amounting to 38.11m cu m p.a.;
  • 8.8% reduction in water consumption from surface water bodies, including 6.0% by the Russian division;
  • 26% reduction in aggregate water consumption by the European division;
  • 18.7% reduction in waste water discharged to natural water bodies;
  • 32% reduction in waste water discharged to surface water bodies by the US division.

Key activities and results:

  • The Seversky Tube Works commenced construction of water recycling and gas cleaning systems as part of a larger pipe-rolling mill upgrade.
  • As a result of environmental initiatives, TAGMET reduced the amount of water diverted from the Taganrog Bay by 43,100 cu m. The plant continued construction of a water recycling system at the electric arc furnace.
  • The Seversky Tube Works undertook a set of initiatives to improve the efficiency of waste water treatment which led to a reduction in iron discharge by two times and in oil products by 24%.
  • The Sinarsky Pipe Plant undertook a set of initiatives to improve industrial waste water treatment which led to a reduction in waste water pollutants by 418 tonnes.

Waste Management

In line with its environmental policy, TMK’s plants implement initiatives to reduce waste generation, its treatment, disposal, and minimisation as well as land reclamation.

A total of USD 10.7m was spent to minimise the impact of waste on the environment, including USD 7.6m by the Russian division, USD 1.4m by the European division, and USD 1.7m by the US division.

The amount of waste dumped in 2012 at TMK’s own sites fell by 554 tonnes, or 1.2%.

During the year, the plants of the Russian division recycled 294,000 tonnes of accumulated waste.

In 2012, TMK working towards its commitment to use waste products as raw materials for both in-house production and other industries set forth by the Company’s Environmental Policy, with 94.5% of waste being reused or recycled.

In 2012, the plants of the Russian division continued reclamation of disturbed land, with land protection expenses amounting to USD 1.4m.

Key activities and results

  • The Seversky Tube Works introduced an automated waste management system.
  • The Sinarsky Pipe Plant completed the biological phase of land reclamation following discontinued waste treatment.
  • The Volzhsky Pipe Plant continued construction of waste disposal grounds to accommodate waste with a hazard rating of 3, 4, 5.
  • TAGMET continued to develop its on-site waste dump, with 286,000 tonnes of accumulated waste recycled and disposed.

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