JAMAICA’S VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENSURING WINDALCO CONTINUES TO OPERATE TO THE BEST STANDARDS THEY CAN.
Leonid Stavitskiy, Managing Director at WINDALCO, speaks more about what exactly this modernization has involved: “In 2016 the company is scheduled to complete installation of a new tubular heat exchanger attached to the plant’s digestion unit. The new component will yield us certain energy savings. In our precipitation area WINDALCO is also implementing a project of modernization to our vacuum flash cooling system as well as a project for the upgrading of cooling towers in the
plant. All of these go towards considerable energy savings within Ewarton.” Mr. Stavitskiy goes on to elaborate on how his company is streamlining its materials consumption: “In particular, we are looking at testing and implementing new flocculants in our mud circuit. When a more efficient flocculant is added it helps us save on caustic consumption. There are new initiatives related to monitoring and control as well and we are also in the process of integrating a new Max HT flocculant in our
evaporation and digestion areas that will be used to improve the heat exchange process, thereby achieving savings in electrical power consumed.” An indirect effect of the modernization process, apart from saving on energy and material usage, is that it helps reduce the total number of raw materials consumed in the production process. This is the area in which WINDALCO can save the most. An overall reduced consumption of bauxite, lime, caustic, fuel oil, flocculants, and others – without a reduction in the quality of alumina, which remains comparable to ISO 9000 standards – means a direct impact on cash savings. The recent upgrades have gone a long way towards achieving this for WINDALCO. NO DUST IS A MUST One of the most important environmental concerns for WINDALCO is dust generated from mining and production. To gather data for fighting and reporting on this dust, as well as other pollutants, the company has built environmental monitoring stations at extraction and manufacturing locations. Jamaica’s various environmental agencies play an important role in ensuring WINDALCO continues to operate to the best standards they can. “We have very
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