Hydro powers agrochemical product production

14 January 2021

More than 60% of Apatit mining and beneficiation plant’s output is to be produced using green electricity after PhosAgro signed a contract for the supply of 100MW of hydropower with TGC-1.

In December 2020, PhosAgro’s Board of Directors approved a climate strategy. The core element of this strategy is continued work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including indirect emissions that are generated during the production of electricity consumed by the company's production facilities. As part of this climate strategy, a low-carbon transition plan has been adopted, which includes technical, technological and organisational measures that are being developed and implemented. 

"Switching to hydroelectric power is another step towards achieving our goal of reducing indirect greenhouse gas emissions,” said PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev. “This is important for us, both in terms of reducing the carbon footprint of our products, and in terms of increasing their appeal for foreign markets, which are traditionally sensitive to environmental issues." 

PhosAgro says it actively implements energy-efficient green technologies at its enterprises. This includes employing frequency converters in production complexes, which reduce the power consumed by electric motors and energy loss when starting engines. PhosAgro is also undertaking a major project in the field of energy efficiency in constructing a number heat energy converters to generate electricity at sulfuric acid plants. Thanks to this, the company's chemical production facilities in Cherepovets and Balakovo generate 60-80% of the energy they require on site. A similar power plant is currently being planned and designed for construction in Volkhov as part of an investment project to build a new production facility there. 

In 2020, PhosAgro launched a project on the use of renewable energy sources in industrial and social facilities. The first pilot site was the corporate hotel complex Izumrud in the town of Balakovo. Its first solar power plant, with a capacity of 25kW, has already been installed. In the spring of 2021, additional panels will be installed at the Izumrud complex, which will increase the system’s total power output to 45kW. Moreover, there are plans to test this technology in the production conditions of the company's Balakovo production site.

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