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Primetals Technologies wins another order from EVRAZ NTMK to supply automation and electrical equipment for reconstruction of a blast furnace

  • Process automation optimizes operational parameters and reduces coke consumption
  • Fully virtualized automation system reduces servicing costs
  • Primetals Technologies also upgraded blast furnace #7, which has been in operation since the beginning of 2018

EVRAZ Nizhniy Tagil Metallurgical Plant (EVRAZ NTMK), a Russian steel producer, has awarded Primetals Technologies an order to supply the automation and electrical equipment for its reconstructed blast furnace #6. The basic automation (level 1) and the process optimization (level 2) will be installed as a virtualized automation system on central, redundant servers, which will drastically reduce servicing costs, especially those for future upgrades. The new process automation will enable the operational parameters of the furnace to be optimized and coke consumption to be reduced. The order is worth several million euros. The blast furnace is scheduled to be commissioned by the middle of 2020. Primetals Technologies previously supplied the electrical equipment and automation for the blast furnace #7, which has been in operation since the beginning of March 2018.

After running for 15 years, blast furnace #6 was shut down at the start of 2018. The blast furnace will be completely demolished, including the secondary plant equipment, such as the stockhouse, hot-blast stove, gas cleaning and dedusting systems. It will be completely rebuilt, and as from 2020 is scheduled to supply the hot metal for the plant in Nizhniy Tagil together with blast furnace # 7, which was brought into operation in 2018.

With an annual production of 4.9 million metric tons of hot metal and 4.2 million metric tons of steel, EVRAZ NTMK is one of the largest steel works in Russia. The integrated iron and steel works is located in the city of Nizhniy Tagil in the Sverdlovsk Region of the Urals. It primarily produces train wheels, rails, structural steel, pipe blanks and semifinished products. Nizhniy Tagil is one of the oldest Russian steelmaking and mining centers.

A major reason for winning the order was the company’s good experience the with automation and electrical equipment Primetals Technologies had installed in blast furnace #7. In the past two years, Primetals Technologies has also received orders to install automation equipment in five blast furnaces in Brazil, Europe and India.

Control room of blast furnace #7 with automation and electrical equipment installed by Primetals Technologies for EVRAZ NTMK in Nizhniy Tagil, Russia. By the middle of 2020, Primetals Technologies will also install the automation and electrical equipment for the upgraded blast furnace #6.

Source: Primetals Technologies

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Hot/Cold Direct Reduction Ironmaking Plant

World Largest HDRI/CDRI Plant Completes Construction in Algeria

Bethioua (Oran), ALGERIA – Dr. Suhat Korkmaz, CEO of Tosyali Holding, recently announced completion of the state-of-the-art direct reduction ironmaking plant capable of simultaneous production of hot and cold direct reduced iron (HDRI and CDRI), which will feed the electric arc furnace (EAF) melt shop of a new Tosyali Algeria iron and steel facility. The announcement followed a site visit by Youcef Yousfi, Algeria Minister of Industry and Mining, hosted by Fuat Tosyali, Chairman of Tosyali Holding.

The 2.5 million tons/per year plant was supplied by Midrex Technologies, Inc. and its consortium partner, Paul Wurth.

“The MIDREX® DRI combination plant provides Tosyali Algeria greater flexibility in producing high quality steel products,” Dr. Suhat said, “and will eliminate the need to purchase imported scrap.”

Commissioning of the plant began in July 2018, and production of cold DRI (CDRI) started in late November 2018. Hot DRI (HDRI) production is expected to begin in February 2019, which also is the scheduled official plant start-up.

History of Tosyali Holding

Founded in Iskenderun, Turkey, in 1952, Tosyali Holding now has a total of 18 facilities on three continents in six different regions along with 12 affiliates. Tosyali Holding includes three production companies – Tosçelik Profil ve Sac Endüstrisi A.Ş., Tosyali Demir Çelik Sanayi A. Ş., and Tosçelik Granul San, A. Ş. – all of which are leaders in their sectors, and Tosyali Diş Ticaret A. Ş., which conducts foreign trade for the group.

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About Midrex Technologies, Inc.

For more than 45 years, Midrex Technologies, Inc. has been the leading innovator and supplier of direct reduction ironmaking technology. Plants based on the MIDREX NG™ Process each year produce more than 60% of the entire world’s supply of DRI and more than 80% of DRI produced by shaft furnace technologies. MIDREX NG™ Plants are known for their reliability, flexibility, and hours of continuous operation, often well beyond industry standards. Several MIDREX® Plants built almost 50 years ago exceeded their original design capacities and product quality specifications in 2017. MIDREX® Plants can be turned down with no significant economic impact during difficult market conditions and returned to full production quickly and efficiently.

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About Paul Wurth

Headquartered in Luxembourg since its creation in 1870, Paul Wurth has developed over the course of its history into an international engineering company. Because of its considerable know-how and effective policy of innovation, Paul Wurth Group is today one of the world leaders in the design and supply of the full-range of technological solutions for the primary stage of integrated steelmaking.With about 1600 employees worldwide, Paul Wurth Group operates international entities and affiliated companies in the main iron and steelmaking regions of the world. Since December 2012, Paul Wurth has been a member of SMS group.

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ArcelorMittal Zenica completes EUR 30 million blast furnace reconstruction

EUR 30 million reconstruction of the blast furnace prepares ArcelorMittal Zenica for the next 20 years of steel production.

ArcelorMittal Zenica announces the completion of a EUR 30 million project to rebuild the blast furnace and upgrade other areas of the factory, including the energy, sinter and steel plants and the rolling mill. The latest projects are bringing the total invested in the Zenica plant to over EUR 200 million. The refurbishment means that integrated steel production can continue in Zenica for up to 20 years into the future.

The project’s completion was marked with a ceremony in the heart of the steel works, attended by over 200 distinguished guests, including Prime Minister of the F ederation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Fadil Novalic and Mr. Miralem Galijasevic, Prime Minister of Zenica-Doboj Canton. Augustine Kochuparampil and Lutz Bandusch attended on behalf of ArcelorMittal Europe.

Blast Furnace reconstruction

Addressing the guests, Federal Prime Minister Novalic commented: “This is a step that will guarantee competitiveness on a very turbulent steel market. Directly or indirectly, 12,000 people depend on this company, which is beyond doubt the biggest company in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Cantonal Prime Minister Galijasevic also welcomed the achievement: “The Zenica-Doboj Canton is the leader of export precisely thanks to ArcelorMittal, which is the backbone of development here. The general repair of the blast furnace is very important for the local economy as ArcelorMittal Zenica is the biggest exporter in Zenica-Doboj canton and Bosnia and Hercegovina.”

The CEO of ArcelorMittal Zenica, Biju Nair underlined the importance of the project to the city’s future: “This is another very important step on our journey to build a long-term, sustainable future for steelmaking in this great industrial city. It underlines our strong and continuing commitment to the future, which begins right here, today.

“We will continue to invest in the infrastructure of the factory, bringing further improvements in our ecological performance and our production capability. At the same time, we will continue to support, develop and encourage the young managers, engineers and production staff who will write the next chapter in the story of steel in Zenica.”

The lead contractor responsible for project delivery was the specialist Dutch company, Danieli Corus, supported by many local contractors.


Source: ArcelorMittal

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Global Construction Sector Bears the Brunt of Recent Steel Price Hikes

MEPS International Ltd. reports that in the period January to September 2017, the average cost of steel, purchased for use in the global construction sector, increased by 18.7 per cent. Less substantial, but double-digit steel price rises were also recorded for steeWorldCon16-17l used in the shipbuilding industry and machinery manufacturing sectors – according to data contained in the company’s September report – International Steel Review.

It is interesting to note that, despite the substantial upturn in the company’s published global average steel price for the construction sector, North American steel producers were, largely, unable to join the latest recovery in selling values, during the same period.

MEPS’ analysis indicates that global market prices, for steel products, used in construction, may falter in the medium term. However, average steel selling figures in early October, for supply to the main consuming regions, remain reasonably firm. Mill selling figures are predicted to continue to follow a similar pattern to the end of the year.

Traditional steel price decreases resulting from, weather related, market demand are likely to be partially offset by the high cost of mill input raw materials and consumables. However, the prospects of declining prices in the early months of 2018 are ever-present.

Source: MEPS – International Steel Review & MEPS World Construction Index

Construction of TMK’s R&D facility launched in Skolkovo

TMK, one of the world’s leading suppliers of tubular products for the oil and gas industry, has held an opening ceremony for the launch of the construction of its R&D facility in the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. Dmitry Pumpyanskiy, Chairman of TMK’s Board of Directors, and Viktor Vekselberg, Skolkovo Foundation President supervised the ceremony.

In addition to the management of TMK and the Foundation, representatives of the leading oil and gas companies and technical universities, as well as heads of R&D organisations also attended the ceremony.

The facility will focus on developing efficient technologies for oil and gas exploration and production, transportation of hydrocarbons, and delivering new solutions to improve energy efficiency in the iron and steel industry, as well as developing and certifying new premium connections. The 15 thousand square meter premises of the future facility will host laboratories and R&D equipment, along with an administrative and office space. TMK’s R&D facility is scheduled to come online in Q1 2017. Investments in the project total RUB 3 bn.

The construction of the R&D facility was agreed on with the Skolkovo Foundation in April 2013. In 2014, TMK signed an agreement with the Skolkovo Joint Directorate on Assets and Services Management for the Centre for Elaboration and Commercialisation of New Technologies on the design and construction of ТМК’s research and development facility in the Skolkovo Innovation Centre.

The Skolkovo facility will be TMK’s third and most important R&D site that will complete the innovation platform combining the Russian Research Institute for the Tube and Pipe Industries (RosNITI) located in Chelyabinsk (Russia) and specialising in pipe production and testing technologies, and of TMK’s Houston-based R&D centre (USA) that has unique capabilities for developing and testing new pipe types, as well as accreditation as an ISO-certified testing laboratory for premium threaded connections.

“Establishing the third facility is an important step in boosting TMK’s R&D potential. One of the facility’s main features will be its capacity to conduct full-scale ISO 12835 / ISO 13679 CAL III and CAL IV tests of premium threaded connections for technically advanced exploration and production of hydrocarbons in challenging environments. We hope that the TMK’s R&D facility will contribute to fostering innovation in the pipe industry and materials science, both for the benefit of the Company and the rest of the oil and gas market,” said Dmitry Pumpyanskiy during the ceremony.

“We are happy to welcome such a reputable company as TMK to Skolkovo’s corporate community. I am confident that cooperation in implementing TMK’s most ambitious projects will yield results that will benefit the entire Russian economy. These projects will also undoubtedly provide fertile ground for university graduates and young scientists to apply their knowledge,” added Viktor Vekselberg.

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Metalloinvest begins construction of world’s largest HBI plant

Metalloinvest has entered the active phase of construction and installation works for the third hot briquetted iron plant (HBI-3 Plant) at Lebedinsky GOK in Gubkin, Belgorod region. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes and will be the largest HBI production facility in the world.A consortium comprising Siemens VAI and Midrex is the main equipment supplier and will also complete the necessary automation of the first and second level. City institution for designing metallurgical plants LLC (part of Metalloinvest) is also involved in the project implementation.

The total investment in the project amounts to approximately $850 million (based on 2013 prices and rouble currency rates). The construction of the new plant will allow the Company to strengthen its position on the global high added-value iron ore resources market.

Metallisation degree of more than 90% and density exceeding 5.0 g/cm3 make HBI the ideal material for steel production both in electric-arc furnaces and converters. Due to low share of fines in the shipped products structure, briquettes are convenient for transportation by rail or sea. HBI production is twice as energy-efficient as pig iron production, giving it significant competitive advantages. As such, HBI is a more eco-friendly product: during production, greenhouse gas emissions are almost twice as low as the traditional blast furnace method.

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