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LIBERTY Ostrava expects to reduce its annual electricity consumption by almost 7,000 MWh through a major project, which will result in three thousand lights across the steelworks being replaced by June this year. New lighting will be installed at the Tubular Plant, the Cutting Lines and at the Coke plant as part of the steelwork’s progress to being a producer of carbon neutral GREENSTEEL by 2030. The project will save LIBERTY Ostrava more than 24 million Czech Korunas (almost 1 million Euros) a year.
The replacement of 3,000 old fashioned and energy-intensive lights with new low-energy LED ones will cost nearly CZK 44 million and should bring about total energy savings of around 6,800 MWh per year, equivalent to the annual power usage of around 3500 homes. To help fund this significant environmental project, LIBERTY Ostrava has obtained a subsidy for 30% of costs from the EU’s Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness, administered by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. The project is part of a set of measures to achieve a competitive and sustainable economy based on knowledge and innovation.
Vladimír Machát, head of the project, said: ”The projects to reduce energy consumption through a gradual replacement of obsolete and low-efficient technologies with new ones that are more energy-efficient are a must. This project will not only help us deliver on our strategy of continuous carbon footprint reduction, in line with our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030, and improve our efficiency but will also help free up some of the limited capacity in the Moravian-Silesian region’s electricity grid.”
The replacement work has been underway since last August, with the lights at Ostrava’s coke plant already replaced. The project is highly complex as it needs to be coordinated with production schedules, to ensure the safety of the people working in the areas being improved as well as ensuring production is not disrupted.
Another environmental project, which will reduce energy intensity of assets through the installation of frequency switches for control of currently uncontrolled electrical drives, will take place in the second half of the year.