Metallurgy towns gets coal heating

Nickel processing in Monchegorsk

The town of Monchegorsk is about to get a top modern coal-fuelled boiler station. Nikel and Zapolyarny will follow.


-This will be the most powerful coal boiler in the Kola Peninsula, Deputy Speaker in the State Duma Valerii Yazev said during a visit to Monchegorsk this week. The construction of the boiler, which will have a capacity of more than 300 MW, is due to be completed in 2013.

The first part of construction has already started, reports.

The coal-fuelled boiled will help reduce local dependency on the more expensive and less environmentally friendly heating oil. It is expected to lead to a reduction also in local heating tariffs.

-We have lots of coal in the region, Yazev underlined in a meeting with local authorities and the Kolskaya GMK. About ten million tons of coal is annually shipped out from the Port of Murmansk.

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Both Nikel and Zapolyarny, the two other main regional metallurgy towns of the Kolskaya GMK, are expected to get similar boilers.

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Murmansk Oblast remains among the Russian regions most dependent of heating oil. The region is not part of the national gasification network and has few coal boilers.