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NLMK Lipetsk to Upgrade Steelmaking Operations to 10 Million Tonnes

Steel News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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NLMK Lipetsk has embarked upon a large-scale overhaul of its steelmaking capacities, namely BOFs and associated dedusting equipment in BOF Shop No 2. The overhaul will increase the shop's productivity by 18% from 8.5 million tonnes to 10 million tonnes of steel per year and cut air emissions by 70%. Investment in the project will total RUB 23 billion. The two-phase project will be completed in late 2020. NLMK Lipetsk has already started the first phase of the overhaul, which is expected to take around five months: the 300 tonne BOF No 2 will be replaced with a 330 tonne one, off-gas ducts will be upgraded, and an efficient BOF gas capturing and purification system will be installed. The second phase, involving the replacement of BOF No 3 with a more efficient one, will begin in 2020.

Konstantin Lagutin, NLMK Group Vice President, Investment Projects, said “The BOF overhaul in BOF Shop No 2 is one of the milestone projects of our new strategy. Together with other projects aimed at developing our blast furnace and steelmaking operations, it will enable a 1 mtpa increase in NLMK Lipetsk's steel output. At the same time, the use of advanced environmental and energy-saving solutions will reduce the company's environmental footprint. For instance, the introduction of best available technologies will result in a 2.5 fold increase in gas purification efficiency. Despite the growth of output, these operations will be practically emission-free.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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