The press filtration complex will be used in the production process as a replacement for vacuum filtration for dewatering fine-grained pulp. Its height is 42 meters, and the total surface area is 28,000 square meters. The complex uses modern equipment from the world leader Metso, Atlas Copco and the German company Eirich, which help to better monitor the moisture content of the produced products and, accordingly, improve its quality.

The effectiveness of the technology has already been proven in practice. From January 2024, the first technological line of the pellet production shop of Poltava GZK was connected to modern filter presses, which made it possible to significantly reduce bentonite costs - from 14 kg to 9 kg per ton of concentrate, and to refuse the consumption of expensive dehydrating agent. It also provided better control over the moisture content of the iron ore concentrate, reducing it to 9.7%, while on lines with vacuum filters this indicator is 10.1%, which has a positive effect on the characteristics of the final product.

In addition to saving resources, the new technology has significant advantages for the environment, in particular, thanks to it, there will be a 3% reduction in natural gas consumption and a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions under Scope 1. It also helps to increase the strength of the finished iron ore pellets and increase the productivity of the shop by 3%.

Viktor Lotous, Chairman of the Board of Poltava GZK, noted: "By implementing such projects as the press filtration complex during the war, Ferrexpo confirms its commitment to innovation and efficiency, putting sustainable development and minimizing the impact on the environment first. We continue to work hard on the introduction of innovative technologies that not only improve the quality of our products, but also contribute to the preservation of the environment. Our desire to invest in Ukraine, in the development of Ukrainian industry, remains steadfast. This project not only strengthens Ferrexpo's position as a leader in the production of high-quality iron ore pellets, but is also an important element in ensuring cleaner and more efficient steel production on a global level. Thanks to advanced technologies and strategic investments, Ferrexpo continues to move forward, despite all challenges, supporting the sustainable development of the industry and economy of Ukraine."

Currently, the first and second technological lines are connected to the press filtration complex in the pellet production shop. The construction and installation works of the following filter presses, which will work with the third and fourth technological lines of the shop, are being completed. The company plans to put this equipment into operation by the end of this year.

The construction of the new pre-filtration technology building is part of the wider Ferrexpo Strategic Development Program, which aims to double the production of high-quality iron ore pellets to 24 million tons per year.

Ferrexpo is a Swiss iron ore company with assets in Ukraine. Ferrexpo shares are included in the premium listing of the London Stock Exchange under the FTSE 250 index (ticker FXPO). The group produces high-quality, premium-class iron ore pellets for the metallurgical industry, which, compared to the use of more common types of iron ore raw materials, allow to reduce carbon emissions and increase the productivity of manufacturers. Ferrexpo enterprises have been providing raw materials to the global metallurgical industry for more than 50 years. Ferrexpo has a wide client base, which includes steel enterprises all over the world, including Austria, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Vietnam, the USA, and others. Additional information can be found at www.ferrexpo.com.