Romania: Sometra is investing $40M in a slag recycling unit at Copsa Mica

Sometra will invest 40 million dollars in the development of new production capacity without impact on the environment in Copsa Mica. The new unit will be built on the current site of the metal factory.

The new production unit will be built from scratch on the current site of the plant that has significantly reduced its activity by stopping the most polluting part of production in 2009 as a result of the effects of the economic crisis, which affected the entire industry in Romania. Now, Sometra will roll out an investment that will lead to the recycling of accumulated slag in over 70 years of exploitation, this time under completely new environmental conditions, to remove the accumulated slag in the dump. The technology to be used allows organic recycling and slag transformation into two categories of salable products: Waelz oxides and Waelz clinker.

“Following a $ 3 million investment in research and development, we have come to the conclusion that it is possible and economically feasible to remove slag waste and turn it into export and domestic products. The plan is to start operations in 2019 and involve slag processing and internal recycling using our own capabilities,” said Christos Efstathiadis, General Manager of Sometra SA Copsa Mica.

Sometra’s management estimates that existing slag will be recycled in about 13 years of production, and after that, the business plan is for the factory to be transformed into a supplier of recycling services for other industrial facilities in Romania.

“Our commitment to meeting environmental standards is a top priority in all our activities, both in Greece and other countries. In this context, all commitments made by the company for the rehabilitation of the environment will be fully respected. The new investment in Copsa Mica is for recycling and will not pollute the environment, “said Christos Efstathiadis.

Sometra now has 25 employees and will hire another 50, reaching a total of 75 employees when it becomes fully operational after receiving the environmental permit.

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