EuroChem and the John Nurminen Foundation select Atkins to carry out independent audit on surface run-off treatment in Luga River in Kingisepp, Russia

EuroChem, Russia’s largest mineral fertilizers producer and the John Nurminen Foundation, a private Finnish foundation specialized in Baltic Sea protection, have jointly appointed one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, Atkins, to assess a surface run-off treatment system near the Phosphorit fertilizer factory in Kingisepp, northwest Russia and to conduct monitoring of the Luga River. The consultancy agreement between Atkins and EuroChem was signed today on July 30, 2013.

In June 2012, EuroChem and the John Nurminen Foundation agreed to jointly appoint an independent organization to assess the effectiveness and sustainability of the surface water run-off treatment system which was constructed at the Phosphorit factory in March 2012. The system was constructed to purify phosphorus containing surface water run-off, originating in the area adjacent to the factory. In addition to assessing the treatment system, Atkins will monitor phosphorus concentrations in the Luga River upstream and downstream of the factory for one year, and calculate riverine phosphorus loads to the Baltic Sea.

Atkins was selected on the basis of its global references in industrial waste water management and surface water monitoring and assessment. EuroChem and the John Nurminen Foundation have agreed jointly on the contents of the consultancy assignment and will follow progress with the project together. EuroChem is financing the auditing work which will start in Kingisepp immediately.

Additional information:
Vladimir Torin
Head of Communications
EuroChem, Russia
tel: +7-985-760 1124
email: vladimir.torin@eurochem.ru

Marjukka Porvari
Director/ Clean Sea Projects
John Nurminen Foundation, Finland
tel: +358-41-549 1535
email: marjukka.porvari@jnfoundation.fi

Tuula Putkinen
Communications Manager
John Nurminen Foundation, Finland
tel: +358-400-907 809
email: Tuula.putkinen@jnfoundation.fi

Note to the editors:

EuroChem is a leading global agrochemical company, producing primarily nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, as well as certain organic synthesis products and iron ore. The Group is vertically integrated with activities spanning from mining and natural gas extraction to production, logistics, and distribution. EuroChem is currently developing two sizeable potash deposits in Russia with its VolgaKaliy (4.6 mtpa) and Usolskiy Potash (3.7 mtpa) greenfield projects. Headquartered in Moscow, it operates production facilities in Russia and Western Europe and employs more than 20,000 employees globally. For more information,please visit the website: www.eurochem.ru

The John Nurminen Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects improve the state of the Baltic Sea. Symptoms of eutrophication are many, for example, the blue-green algal blooms that occur every summer. The most efficient way to reduce eutrophication is to cut the phosphorus load entering the Sea. The target of the Foundation’s Clean Sea projects is to achieve an annual reduction of 2,500 tonnes of phosphorus discharges by 2015, which is one sixth of the total target set by HELCOM. The Foundation’s Tanker Safety project aims to reduce the risk of an oil disaster by introducing a new navigation service ENSI® (Enhanced Navigation Support Information) to tankers in the Gulf of Finland. The Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea operations are funded through private donations and public funding. For more information, please visit the website www.cleanbalticsea.fi

Atkins is one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies employing more than 17,800 staff including more than 2,000 water and environmental management specialists. Established in 1938, Atkins works with its clients to plan, design and enable solutions to meet the global challenges of population growth, energy demand, water availability and infrastructure. For more information please visit the website: www.atkinsglobal.com/