ArcelorMittal Poland has commissioned two new investments at its Unit in Dąbrowa Górnicza—a pulverized coal injection (PCI) unit for blast furnace No. 2 and a modernized sinter belt. Those two projects, worth PLN 140 million ($42 million), will not only optimize production costs, but also significantly reduce emissions.

The new PCI installation will help optimize the production costs of hot metal used for steel production by replacing some amounts of coke with pulverized coal. The production of pulverized coal is more environmentally friendly than the production of coke. The sinter belt modification will increase the charge material for blast furnaces. Two new, modern electro-filters, with a capacity of 900,000 m3/h, will allow a significant reduction in dust emissions.

“Both projects will significantly contribute to environmental protection. ArcelorMittal’s approach will be noticed by other companies operating in the region and it will become an example of how the industry, by taking modernization efforts, can take care of the environment and the health of local communities,” said Zbigniew Podraza, mayor of Dąbrowa Górnicza.

“We are proud of the fact that we are able to continue our investments despite challenging market conditions. Both PCI installation and modernized sinter belt are excellent investments, not only from a business point of view, but also due to the fact that they improve our environmental footprint,” said Manfred Van Vlierberghe, CEO and deputy BOD chairman, ArcelorMittal Poland.