At Vale’s nickel smelter, we’re working to reduce sulphur dioxide emission levels by 85%, and dust and metal emissions by up to 40%.
In 2012, we were awarded a project management and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract to retrofit and modernize the Vale nickel smelter complex in Sudbury, Canada. Called the Vale Clean AER (atmospheric emissions reduction) Project, it’s the largest single environmental investment in Sudbury’s history—and one of the largest in Canada.
We’re carrying out the work while the complex continues its regular operations, and during scheduled plant shutdowns, to prevent loss of productivity.
Significant reductions in emissions
At project completion in 2018, we hope to have slashed sulphur dioxide emissions by 85%, and dust and metal emissions by up to 40%. To date, our improvements have already significantly reduced emissions and increased operational efficiency.
Outstanding health and safety record
The project also met important health and safety objectives, including more than one million person-hours free of lost-time incidents, and no environmental spills, releases or damage on site or in the local community. Employees and contractors are trained to assess risk at every step of the project. Field staff and frontline tradespeople are included in regular meetings with project managers to address concerns.
- We’re aiming to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 85%, and dust and metal emissions by up to 40%.
- Outstanding teamwork resulted in more than one million persons-hours without lost-time incidents.
- No environmental spills, releases or damage have been recorded since the project began.