Jan. 4, 2017

New Furnace to Improve Quality at NLMK

NLMK USA plans to install a new walking-beam reheating furnace at its Farrell, Pa., facility. The new furnace, which will replace three outdated pusher-type furnaces, will increase the quality of finished steel products and lower energy consumption at the mill, the company claims.

Construction on the $80 million project will begin in the third quarter. The new furnace, to be operational in 2018, will have an annual capacity of 1.7 million tons, pre-heating steel slabs before they are further rolled on the hot-strip mill.
 
“The construction of the new furnace is a major project for NLMK Pennsylvania aimed to bolster the market presence of the company. It will improve the quality of hot-rolled steel by eliminating slab surface defects, which are characteristic of pusher-type furnaces. In addition, there will be an approximate 45 percent decrease in natural gas consumption, as well as a reduced emission rate,” says Bob Miller, NLMK USA CEO.

The company does not expect the project to affect its existing production plans. Construction will also include a new warehouse for slabs supplied by Russian parent company Novolipetsk.


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