December 17, 2014

Projects of three Group DF's enterprises – Azot PJSC (Cherkasy), Crimean Soda Plant PJSC, Crimea TITAN PrJSC – have been recognized as the most effective among companies’ energy saving projects, according to survey of Ernst & Young.

Ernst & Young jointly with Eurasian Development Bank conducted a special survey of opportunities for raising energy efficiency of industrial enterprises in CIS for “The Invisible Fuel” report. The report introduces trends in energy efficiency in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for 2005-2011. Besides, it presents 60 cases in energy efficiency.

Four projects of Group DF’s enterprises are included in the list of cases in CIS. Particularly, development of heat and electricity production capacities at Crimea Soda Plant PJSC, construction of up-to-date sulphuric acid shop at Crimea TITAN PrJSC, modernization of soda ash production at Crimea Soda Plant PJSC as well as series of projects on modernization of ammonia production at Azot PJSC (Cherkasy) entered a list of projects. Implementation of the projects allowed the enterprises to reduce natural gas and electricity consumption significantly.

Thus, Crimea Soda Plant put into operation a steam-turbine electric generating unit as well as a gas-turbine unit with utilizing setup for joint production of electricity and heat. Total investments in both projects amounted to USD 27 million. Payback period is 5 years. Due to its own generating capacities, the plant fulfils 90% of its needs in electricity.

The Group invested USD 103 million in construction of up-to-date sulphuric acid shop at Crimea TITAN (2008-2013). The plant managed not only to improve the products’ quality but also decrease natural gas consumption by 59.132 million nm3 and electricity consumption by 54.63 million kW•h.

The overhaul of soda ash production allowed Crimea Soda Plant to reduce steam consumption for calcination. Total investments amounted to USD 3.42 million. The plant managed to decrease heat consumption by 260588 GJ/year. Annual benefits come to USD 1.9 million.

In 2006-2009, Cherkasy Azot conducted a range of projects on comprehensive overhauls of the A-5 and A-3 ammonia production shops. As a result, the plant reduced fuel and power consumption. Increase of shops’ capacities enabled not only balanced ammonia production and consumption but also decreased specific consumption of natural gas for ammonia production to worldwide average level. Total investments amounted to USD 38.5 million.

“Group DF's enterprises continue investing into energy efficiency projects on a regular basis within the modernization programme. Such projects enhance competitiveness due to the reduction of production costs. Besides, we save non-renewable resources and preserve the environment”, Boris Krasnyansky, CEO of Group DF, comments.

“On the one hand, development of production stimulates increase of fuel and energy resources. On the other hand, limited mineral resources, increase of their cost and tightening of legal requirements obligate management to reduce energy consumption. In this context energy efficiency is a sort of ‘invisible fuel’, a hidden resource which is vitally essential to every present-day enterprise”, comments Ksenia Leschinskaya, Partner, Assurance, CIS Head of Cleantech and Sustainability Services in Ernst & Young.