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Construction started on new voestalpine special steel plant in Kapfenberg

Steel News - Published on Wed, 01 May 2019

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One year after the groundbreaking ceremony for the world’s most advanced special steel plant, construction work for the EUR 350 million project in Kapfenberg, Styria, is on schedule. After completion of the construction site and associated infrastructure, Group company voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl has now awarded the contract for construction of the hall of the steel plant: Austrian companies Unger Stahlbau Ges mbH, based in Oberwart, Burgenland, and Haslinger Stahlbau GmbH, headquartered in Feldkirchen, Carinthia, will form a consortium to erect the steel construction, which will cover an area of three hectares. The industrial equipment permit for the new plant was issued in March 2019.

Over the past twelve months, at the voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl works premises the preconditions necessary prior to the start of the actual construction phase at the new special steel plant have been met: the 50,000 m² construction site has been completely levelled and secured with a 700 meter-long retaining wall. The access roads, assembly area, and infrastructure needed by the subcontractors are also operational.

Preparation is forging ahead at full speed: Around a month ago, construction work began on the foundations for the hall, which is scheduled for completion by February 2020. 150 people are currently at work at the construction site, with another 100 active in project planning.

With its new special steel plant, which will supply around 205,000 tons of special steel annually to the international aerospace, oil and gas, and tool construction industries from 2021, voestalpine is setting completely new standards globally in digitalized and automated procedures. The technological heart of the plant is an electric arc furnace powered using 100% green electricity, which will melt down ultra-pure scrap and alloys to produce sophisticated steel grades. As previously announced, German plant construction company SMS group is supplying the furnace. Construction of the special steel plant secures more than 3,500 long-term jobs at voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl and its sister processing companies voestalpine Böhler Aerospace (also in Kapfenberg), and voestalpine Böhler Bleche (Mürzzuschlag).

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Wed, 01 May 2019
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