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Wastewater of nearby towns transferred to MSC
Wastewater of nearby towns transferred to MSC
The wastewater of nearby towns is transferred to Mobarakeh Steel Company (MSC), said Abbas Akbari, who is in charge of the company’s Energy and Fluids Unit.
He said cooperation between MSC and Isfahan Province’s Water and Sewage Department has brought about welfare and health for people living in surrounding towns.
Akbari went on to say that MSC has launched a project to transfer wastewater of Mobarakeh, especially in Safaeiyeh neighborhood, and Varnamkhast to the company and treat and use it so that it can partly supply the industrial water needed in its production lines.
“In line with MSC’s strategic goals: sustainable supply of water and cutting water withdrawal, and in keeping with undertaking social responsibilities and improving environmental and health conditions in nearby towns, Mobarakeh Steel Company launched partnership with Isfahan Province’s Water and Sewage Department in the 12 months to March 20, 2014 and inked and implemented – for the first time in the province – buyback contracts to create water collection networks, and supply transfer pipelines and treatment facility equipment for Mobarakeh, Safaeiyeh, Karkevand, Dizicheh, Zibashahr, Zarrinshahr, Varnamkhast, Sedeh and Chamgordan.
Under these contracts, Mobarakeh Steel Company – as the main investor – has agreed to finance a project to create wastewater collection networks in Mobarakeh (220 km) and Lenjan (244 km) together with 40 km of pipelines and equipment to transfer the wastewater. Implementation of the project is the responsibility of Isfahan Province’s Water and Sewage Department.
When fully implemented, a population of more than 280,000 people in towns around the company will be linked to the urban wastewater collection and treatment network and their environmental and health conditions will improve. In the long run, this will supply as much as 30 percent of the industrial water needed in the company, and by the same token it will slash MSC’s need for crude water.
He further said using the industrial water made from urban wastewater in the production process is an effective way to defuse the crisis of water shortage, underscoring the need for speedy implementation and completion of the remaining phases of the project by yearend.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Hassan Rahimi, who is in charge of the technical group of MSC’s Energy and Fluids Unit, said the 3.5 trillion rial investment in this project covers a wide range of areas such as creation of an urban wastewater collection network, improvement of the existing treatment facilities in different towns, construction of a new treatment facility in Varnamkhast, a pumping station and pipelines which transfer wastewater to the company, and construction of advanced, complementary treatment facilities.
Currently about 250 cubic meters per hour of wastewater is transferred to Mobarakeh Steel Company from Mobarakeh, Safaeiyeh and Varnamkhast as part of the first phase of the project. The wastewater turns into industrial water to be used in production processes after going through complex treatment stages.
And Seifollah Bastaki, the head of Water and Sewage Department in Mobarakeh, said his department laid around 80 km of pipelines as part of a wastewater treatment network in Mobarakeh and 70 km in the Safaeiyeh neighborhood between March 21, 1991 and March 20, 2014. The conclusion of a buyback contract between MSC and Isfahan Province’s Water and Sewage Department resulted in implementation – in two years – of a 180 km sewage project in Mobarakeh and Karkevand. Around 90 percent of Karkevand’s wastewater system, which spans 43.5 km, has been implemented. It is just 4 km short of being completed.     
He underlined the need for MSC investment in such projects and said what matters is absorption of investors so that the projects can be implemented speedily. “Prior to the conclusion of a buyback contract between MSC and Isfahan Province’s Water and Sewage Department on developing the sewage treatment network, the existing sewage system covered 32 percent of the population in Karkevand, but the percentage climbed to 66 after the implementation of the first phase of the sewage network project. 
In conclusion, Bastaki said part of wastewater in Mobarakeh and Karkevand, whose sewage treatment system has been implemented, is taken to Mobarakeh Steel Company, but completion of the sewage projects in these two towns will help transfer more wastewater from the treatment facility in Mobarakeh to Mobarakeh Steel Company.
 


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