EVRAZ launched a new blast furnace No.7 at Nizhny Tagil Steel Plant.
EVRAZ CEO Alexander Frolov, Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Evgeniy Kuyvashev, Managing Director of EVRAZ NTMK and EVRAZ KGOK Aleksey Kushnarev and Head of Nizhny Tagil Sergey Nosov took part in the opening ceremony.
The volume of the new furnace will be 2,200 m3, design capacity – 2.5 million tons of pig iron per year. The blast furnace has two casthouses with fully closed main and transportation chutes, automated top and bottom raw charging system, shaftless air heaters and powerful aspiration plants.
"The construction of the new blast furnace is one of the most significant investment projects recently implemented. It has high social importance as it allows the plant to keep high-qualified employees and a solid ecological impact – experts call this blast furnace the cleanest one in Russia. We have always supported technology upgrade projects aimed at improving the quality of life not only for EVRAZ employees, but for all citizens of Nizhny Tagil. That is why this project got high-priority status in Sverdlovsk region," - Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Evgeniy Kuyvashev noted at the ceremony.
"We have built the new blast furnace at a record pace - in 18 months," marked Managing Director of EVRAZ NTMK and EVRAZ KGOK Aleksey Kushnarev. “All labor-intensive operations of the furnace are automated, powerful aspiration system entraps emissions at pig iron release."
The new blast furnace of EVRAZ NTMK is the "cleanest" one in the Russian metallurgical industry. At pig iron release, emissions are trapped and impurities are removed in bag filters, which allows minimizing atmospheric pollution. The degree of air purification has increased 2.5 times as compared to the operating furnaces.
Using the latest technical solutions at blast furnace No.7 will ensure enhanced performance of the entire blast furnace process at the plant both in terms of increased production and the reduction of costs. The number and duration of interim repairs will reduce; coke consumption will decrease by 5 kg/t as compared to the indicators of blast furnace No.6.
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EVRAZ is a vertically integrated steel, mining and vanadium business with operations in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, Czech Republic and Italy. EVRAZ is among the top steel producers in the world based on crude steel production of 14 million tonnes in 2017. A significant portion of the company's internal consumption of iron ore and coking coal is covered by its mining operations. The company's consolidated revenues for the year ended 31 December 2017 were US$10,827 million, and consolidated EBITDA amounted to US$2,624 million.