Signage on a large pipe feeding clean water to a large storage tank.

Programme nominated for the Excellence in Sustainability Steelie Award 2023

The management of water and its consumption has emerged as a prominent global topic in sustainable development. In regions like central parts of Iran, where climate change has resulted in prolonged droughts, water has become an essential resource.

The local communities in these areas have developed a heightened awareness about the importance of water and are concerned about their future prospects. Simultaneously, various industries, including steel manufacturers, operate in this region and rely heavily on water for their survival and business operations. Hence, it is crucial to establish a delicate equilibrium between the consumption of this invaluable resource by both the local communities and industries operating there. Achieving such balance holds significant importance for all stakeholders involved.

In recent years, the management of water consumption has emerged as a significant concern for MSC. In alignment with its management philosophy of being a responsible company that strives to create a better future, MSC is actively seeking approaches to meet its water supply needs while considering the needs and expectations of local
communities. Through the implementation of these approaches, MSC guarantees a better future for those involved. To achieve this goal,

MSC has developed and implemented the Sustainable Water Management by Creating Shared Value with Local Communities’ project, which focuses on utilising industrial and urban wastewater as well as recycling water in the production process. By adopting this program, MSC aims to address the issue of sustainable water management effectively.

In this project, sustainable water management is carried out through development and improvement of the wastewater system of the neighbouring cities of the company, and the transfer and treatment of their wastewater for using in the production process.

This includes recycling and retreatment of industrial wastewater, and storage of excess treated wastewater and rainwater for use in water shortage conditions. It also includes the design and implementation of a smart water distribution network monitoring and control system (SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to manage water consumption, use of low-quality water (RO water) for processes that do not require high quality water, and use of blowdown water from one unit for cooling slags.