MORE srl, located in Gemona Del Friuli, Italy, has signed an agreement with ArcelorMittal South Africa for the installation of Module Technology chemical energy package equipment at the company’s Vanderbijlpark Works’ three electric arc furnaces (EAFs).
Vanderbijlpark Works has a total capacity of 3 million tonnes a year of high-grade flat products, including hot rolled sheets in coil, hot rolled steel plates, cold rolled steel sheets in coil, hot dip galvanized steel sheets in coil, electro-galvanized steel sheets in coil, color-coated steel sheets in coil, and tin plate coils. Each EAF has a tapping weight of 155 tonnes.
MORE will equip each EAF with two combined burners/supersonic-oxygen injectors, two combined burners/sonic-carbon injectors, and one combined burner/carbon injector. Valve stands, carbon dispensers, and electrical and automation system with human-machine interface are included in the delivery.
Each furnace will also be equipped with an automatic temperature/sampling manipulator, operated through the slag door. Commissioning is scheduled for the second quarter of 2010.
“The new chemical energy package will replace the traditional consumable carbon/oxygen lance manipulators we have today,” said Jaco Stapelberg, General Manager at ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlpark. “It will add exothermic energy in such a way that it optimizes our metallurgical process, increases productivity and maximizes the efficiency of our furnaces. As importantly, it should improve the safety of our operations.”
The contract was won by MORE in cooperation with Linde.
“This is a large equipment delivery that confirms our way of working and MORE’s position as a leading supplier and partner to Linde,” said Dr. Joachim von Schéele, Marketing Manager of Metals and Glass, Linde. “It is our second deal with ArcelorMittal, having previously, together with MORE, supplied similar equipment to its steel mill at Hunedoara in Romania.”
MORE says it has equipped 120 EAFs worldwide with its Module Technology chemical energy package since 1998. Additionally, 150 automatic temperature/sampling manipulators have been installed.