Date: 9 months ago   Category: Economy

The titan from the Crimea: why there was "chemical attack" in the south of Ukraine


On Monday, September 10, in the Crimea the plant on production of dioxide or dioxide of titanium (TiO2) - one of the enterprises of such profile, largest in Europe, has been stopped. The stop reason - his work has led to ecological disaster in the north of the Crimean peninsula and the South of the Kherson region.

Before annexation of the Crimea by Russia this plant was called "The Crimean titanium", in 2015 has been renamed in "Yukreynian kemikat продактс" and is re-registered in Kiev. However since 2014 his property is leased also management to the Moscow LLC Titanovye investitsii which also as well as the Kiev company lessor falls within the scope influence of the businessman Dmitry Firtash.

of Delo.UA understood that has occurred at the enterprise and how the plant on production of dioxide of the titan worked till today. Acid prospects at the Crimean plant produce Dioxide of the titan on technology of processing of an ilmenite concentrate sulfuric acid. Production wastes are dumped in special a kislotootstoynik - actually it is the part of the Gulf Sivash which is fenced off by a dam.

For decrease in concentration, waste of chemical production were diluted with the water arriving from continental Ukraine. Under the influence of the sun they gradually evaporated that was almost imperceptible. A raw binding the Main raw materials for the enterprise - the ilmenite concentrate - till 2014 was delivered from the Dnipropetrovsk and Zhytomyr regions where large-scale deposits of ilmenite are located. Before Dmitry Firtash's structure rented at the state Irshansky mining and processing and Volnogorsky mining and metallurgical plants on production and processing of titanic raw materials. However after annexation of the Crimea and emergence of difficulties at Dmitry Firtash (by a court decision he has no right to leave the territory of Austria), the enterprises have returned to state property. On their base the United mining and chemical company is created.

of Group DF of Dmitry Firtash doesn't comment on a titanic segment of the business. However according to some information raw materials from Ukraine are still delivered on the Crimean enterprise. A source of ilmenite are the pit, the belonging Dmitry Firtash's companies ("Valki-Ilmenit" and the Mezhdurechensk GOK, the Matronovsky GOK is under construction). And to avoid direct deliveries to the annexed peninsula, production goes in transit through seaports of other countries or train through the territory of Russia. An economic mammoth "The Crimean titanium" - the largest enterprise of the Crimea. Maintenance of his working capacity is important as from the point of view of peninsula economy, and socio-political influence there. Therefore local Vlast made all possible efforts to keep jobs in recent years.

at the enterprise worked Earlier more than 4 thousand people - it is about a half of the population of Armyansk. However in recent years this quantity was reduced. In the Russian media the assumption was read that number of staff can be reduced without serious consequences almost twice. Besides, there were difficulties with stable pos

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