So far, Zijin has invested 143 million dollars in the rehabilitation of the ecological situation of Bor and Majdanpek
Equal attention to air, water and soil quality
The company has invested in equipment for pumping, transport and treatment of wastewater from Majdanpek open pits, and the project envisages that wastewater from the “Juzni Revir” and “Severni Revir” will be collected and reused in production. – Wastewater is being disposed of in the same way at “Novo Cerovo” and “Jama”. – Money has also been invested in the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in the area of the open pit waste dump “Visoki planiri”, as well as in the rehabilitation of the water of Lake “Robule”, which is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Serbia because it is part of the historical heritage. All this will contribute to lower wastewater emissions in the Bor River, which will be reused in Flotation plants, says Mirjana Maric.
SZC. – Air, water and soil pollution in Bor and Majdanpek is neither something new nor unknown. Mining operations have been performed for a whole century, and even longer, but these “things” were mostly considered less important. Pollution was a “by-product” and a collateral result of mining and metallurgy, something that simply went along with these industries and RTB Bor. Therefore, it was not surprising that the Chinese Zijin, before taking over the Bor copper plant, hired an independent consulting company to analyze the state of the living environment, and no one was surprised by the results of that analysis which were presented to the strategic partner, the Serbian Government. The report said that RTB Bor had a problem with the emission of gases and dust, as well as with wastewater. That is why Zijin, today the majority owner of the former RTB Bor, first made investment plans and projects for each part of the new company and each area of the living environment. The projects are being implemented one after the other, there are not a few of them, and so far 143 million dollars have been spent on the rehabilitation of the ecological situation of the two towns.
For the copper smelter, projects that should ultimately have a win-win result have been developed in detail. On one hand, the reconstruction of metallurgical aggregates should lead to an increase in processing capacity, and on the other hand, that processing will no longer be accompanied by any “collateral damage”, not even by emissions of sulfur dioxide that pollute the air. In this regard, a new plant for the treatment of waste gases and directing fugitive gases has been built so far, and the installation of an electrostatic precipitator is in progress. By the end of this year, new converters and anode furnaces will have been built. As for the Tank House, investments were made in a plant for wastewater treatment and copper extraction, and as for the Sulphuric Acid Plant, investments were made in an acidic water and wastewater treatment plant.
–Investments have also been made in equipment for pumping, transport and treatment of wastewater from Majdanpek open pits, and the project envisages that wastewater from the “Juzni Revir” and “Severni Revir” will be collected and reused in production. Wastewater is being disposed of in the same way at “Novo Cerovo” and “Jama”. Investments have also been made in the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in the area of the waste dump “Visoki planiri”, as well as in the rehabilitation of the water of Lake “Robule”, which is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Serbia because it is part of the historical heritage. All this will contribute to lower emissions of wastewater into the Bor River, which will be reused in Flotation plants – says the Manager of the Environmental Protection Department Mirjana Maric.
Serbia Zijin Copper, adds Maric, works diligently and responsibly in the field of environmental protection and regularly monitors water, soil, air, noise and the impact of the company’s work on the living environment and the environment in general.
–We proposed to the relevant Ministry on our own initiative to build an automated system for monitoring water quality in Majdanpek, for the river Pek, as well as in Krivelj for the river that goes by the same name, so we have invested in the procurement of such monitoring stations and accompanying equipment – Maric points out.
When it comes to land, it has been largely recultivated. 485,000 square meters were planted and 112,600 seedlings were planted. It started from the most endangered areas, so the greening was performed at the tailings pond RTH, at a part of the tailings pond Veliki Krivelj-Ostrelj dam, at the open pit waste dumps of the mines “Novo Cerovo” and “Majdanpek”, at the flotation dams “Vancev potok” and “Kaludjerica” of Majdanpek tailings pond “Valja fundata”, as well as in the areas of production facilities and access roads.
–The company has also invested additional funds in the disposal of hazardous waste. Storage facilities for its temporary storage have been built and the equipment for the storage of the hazardous waste has been procured. So far, over a thousand tons of hazardous and as much as 25 thousand tons of non-hazardous waste have been handed over to authorized operators – concludes the Manager of the Environmental Protection Department.