Metallurgical plant “Azovstal” (Mariupol, Donetsk region), part of the “Metinvest” group, in January-July of this year increased the production of general rolled products, according to operational data, by 8.8% compared to the same period last year – up to 2.5 million tons.
As a representative of the enterprise told Interfax-Ukraine, during this period steel production increased by 9%, to 2.63 million tons, pig iron – by 7.7%, to 2.32 million tons.
In July, Azovstal produced about 350 thousand tons of general rolled metal, 390 thousand tons of steel, 340 thousand tons of pig iron.
The group’s press release says that work continues at Azovstal for the implementation of large-scale environmental projects that modernize metallurgical production. Now the main efforts are focused on the construction of a new gas treatment plant in the converter shop.
“Reconstruction of gas cleaning equipment at converters No. 1 and 2 is the largest environmental project of Azovstal. . Fugitive emissions over the converter department will be localized “, – quotes the press service of the general director of the enterprise, Enver Tskitishvili.
According to him, the technical project for the construction of a new gas treatment plant for the steel plant was developed by the world-renowned company Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH. She will also ensure the supply of the necessary equipment for the project. The general contractor of the project is Metinvest Engineering.
The top manager stressed that none of the metallurgical plants built in the last century with a wet gas cleaning system has a dry filtration system installed. This issue has been thoroughly worked out and an optimal solution has been found, taking into account all the features – we will not modernize the old system, but actually build a new one from scratch, the head of the plant stated.
Under the new project, converter gases will be cleaned at two dry gas purifiers based on electrostatic precipitators. Also, around the converters, special shelters “doghouses” will be installed to localize fugitive emissions in the process of pouring cast iron with their subsequent cleaning on a bag filter.
Taking into account the installation of new equipment and the complexity of the technical solution in the design process, reinforcement of metal structures and ceilings is envisaged converter department. The new equipment will be equipped with an appropriate level of automation to ensure its safe operation.
Currently, preparatory work is being carried out with a parallel delivery of the main equipment. The construction of foundations for the relocation of the power unit and the installation of new equipment is underway. In the near future, it is planned to relocate energy pipelines to place new electrostatic precipitators in their former place.
As reported, Azovstal in 2020 increased the production of general rolled products by 2.7% compared to the previous year – up to 3 , 9 million tons, steel by 4.5% – up to 4.2 million tons, pig iron by 9.4% – up to 3.8 million tons.
The enterprise is part of the Metinvest group, the main shareholders which is the SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart Holding (23.76%), jointly managing the company.
Metinvest Holding LLC is the managing company of the Metinvest Group.
Based on materials: Interfax-Ukraine