Bluescope Steel sinter plant bypass

Bluescope Steel will bypass the waste gas cleaning plant at its steelworks in Port Kembla from 18 June 2021 for approximately three weeks for routine maintenance and repairs.

The waste gas cleaning plant

Several air pollutants are produced during the production of sinter from the sinter plant. The waste gas cleaning plant (WGCP) treats these pollutants by controlling emissions of particulates, metals, radionuclides, dioxins and furans, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.  

The equipment within the WGCP requires maintenance every few years, to ensure consistent, reliable, and safe operations.

Approval conditions

On 14 May 2021 BlueScope Steel requested approval from the EPA to bypass the WGCP for maintenance and repairs.

The EPA has approved the bypass based on strict approval conditions in the company’s Environment Protection Licence.

The approval is dependent on

  1. Compliance with all conditions of the Environment Protection License (EPL).
  2. Compliance with Special Condition E5 which sets out the sinter machine short term bypass arrangements.
  3. Bluescope implementing contingencies, including process modifications and termination of the bypass in the event air emissions encroach upon or exceed bypass air emission limits.
  4. The bypass being for a maximum duration of 3 weeks, commencing on approximately the 18 June 2021.
  5. All results of air emissions testing being immediately reported to the EPA.

Air monitoring

The EPA requires additional air monitoring to be undertaken during bypass.  This air monitoring data will be published by Bluescope

More information

For more information, see the Bluesope Steel website.