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Environmental impact assessment

An environmental impact assessment (also “OVOS”, the Russian-format EIA) involves identification and recording of direct and indirect impacts of a proposed activity on the environment so that a decision could be made on whether the activity is feasible or possible.

The main purpose of an EIA is to prevent or mitigate the activity’s environmental impact and the associated social, economic and other consequences.

Pursuant to Federal Law No 7-FZ “On environmental protection” dated 10/01/2002, an EIA is performed in relation to a proposed economic or other activity that may have a direct or indirect environmental impact irrespective of the respective organisation’s legal form.

The EIA serves to meet following objectives:

  • Implementation of environmental requirements to the proposed activity; substantiation of environmental and social activities;
  • Facilitation of a positive decision to finance the project (development of an international format environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and development of action plans);
  • Successful passing of the state environmental expert review and/or state expert review of design documentation; procurement of a construction permit).

Specific EIA-related activities include:

  • Substantiation of national / international criteria of the environmental and social impact assessment (depending on whether the assessment has to be performed in the OVOS / ESIA format);
  • A preliminary environmental assessment of the proposed activity;
  • Preliminary consultations with stakeholders (identification of participants of the EIA process);
  • Consideration of implementation options and alternatives;
  • Review of baseline environmental and social studies, environmental engineering surveys;
  • EIA-related investigation, an environmental and social impact assessment of the proposed activity;
  • Environmental substantiation of impact reduction and/or prevention measures;
  • Development of recommendations for a post-project review;
  • Research of the public’s perception of the proposed activity;
  • Development of environmental and social action plans (ESAP) for an EIA-format assessment;
  • Support during the state environmental expert review and/or state expert review of design documentation.
Below is the list of major projects for which SHANECO performed EIA studies:
Project: Year:
Bauxite and alumina complex in the Komi Republic (Komi Aluminium) 2006
Reconstruction of the Abakansky mine. Stripping and mining at -200 and -305 m bgs, Republic of Khakasia 2011
Follow-up underground mining at the Dzhusinskoye deposit of the pyrite-polymetallic ores, Orenburg region 2011
Conditions feasibility study for the Kyzyl-Tashtygskoye pyrite-polymetallic deposit with a replacement of reserves as of July 20122, Republic of Tyva 2011
Substantiation of deposits at the Balkhachsky gold-bearing zone. Preliminary environmental assessment, Kamchatka Krai 2012
Ak-Sugskoye deposit of porphyry copper ores, Republic of Tyva 2012
Pravourmiyskoye cassiterite deposit, Khabarovsk region 2012
Mining and concentration plant. Balkhachsky gold-bearing zone. Underground mine at the Zolotoye deposit. Southern Group site with an accommodation camp, Kamchatka Krai 2012
Construction of a mining and concentration plant at the Zolotoye deposit, Stage 1, Kamchatka Krai 2015
Chemical and petrochemical
Kuskovsky Chemical Plant, Moscow 1999
Explosives plant, Taimyrsky mine, Krasnoyarsk region 2000
Low-temperature isomerisation unit, RNPK 2011
EIA of the development master plan for 2012-2021, RNPK 2012
EIA of reconstruction of the tailings and water recirculation facilities, Zhirekensky Ferromolybdenum Plant, Chita region 2008
Modernisation of the metallurgical production area, Stupinskaya Metallurgical Company, Moscow region 2010
Reconstruction of the elementary sulphur units at the Copper Plant and Nadezhdisnky Metallurgical Plant, Krasnoyarsk region 2013
Construction of an integrated pipe and steelmaking plant, Trubodetal, Perm region 2014
Construction materials
Mostermosteklo, Moscow region 1998
A 2 mtpa cement plant, Tula region 2011
Babinovsky Cement Plant, Novgorod region 2011
Reconstruction of the Cesla cement plant, Leningrad region 2011
Construction of the Alagirsky Cement Plant, UGMK-Cement, North Ossetia 2012
Construction of a cement plant (12 kt of clinker per day), Tula region 2014
Construction of a cement plant (5 kt of clinker per day), Rostov region 2015
Reconstruction of a cement plant (construction of a clay preparation area), HeidelbergCement Rus, Tula region 2015
Utilities, infrastructure and transport
Frunze Central Aerodrome, Moscow 1998
The Estosadok-Mzymtinsky water intake facility 2009
Water intake facility on the Psou river 2009
Water intake facility on the Beshenka river 2009
Construction of steam-gas Energy Unit 4, Cherepovetskaya GRES 2010
Water intake facility at the finish area, Roza Khutor ski resort, Krasnodar region 2011
Construction of a PSU-800 based Energy Unit 3, Berezovskaya GRES, Krasnoyarsk region 2012
Construction of a motor road from the Milkovo-Aginsky GOK motorway to the Kungurtsevskoye deposit, Kamchatka Krai 2012
Construction of an access railway to the Alagirsky cement plant, North Ossetia 2012
Construction of a second waste disposal section as part of reconstruction of an industrial and domestic waste landfill, Vyksunsky Metallurgical Plant, Nizhny Novgorod region 2014
The Sorochany ski complex, Moscow region 2001
Urban development of the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye project, Novo-Arkangelskoye, Moscow region 2003-2006
Infrastructure facilities of the Alabushevo special economic zone, Moscow 2008
Zone D3 of the Skolkovo Centre of Innovations 2014
Construction of a new assembly plant for Niva-2123, Samara region 2002
A Liggett-Dukat tobacco plant, Moscow 1996
A Coca Cola Beverages plant, Moscow 1998
A BAT Yava tobacco plant, Moscow 2002
A Nestle Kuban plant, Krasnodar region 2009
A Maggi® brand food factory, Nestle Russia, Vladimir Russia 2010