- Process automation optimizes mode of operation and reduces coke consumption
- Fully virtualized automation system reduces service costs
The Russian steel producer, EVRAZ Nizhniy Tagil Metallurgical Plant (EVRAZ NTMK), has awarded Primetals Technologies an order to supply the automation, electrical equipment and instrumentation for the new blast furnace #7. The basic automation (level 1) and the process optimization (level 2) will be installed as a virtualized automation system on central, redundant servers, which will drastically reduce service costs, especially those for future upgrades. The new process automation will also optimize the coke consumption. The order is worth several million euros and the new blast furnace is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2017.
The new blast furnace #7 has a production capacity of 2.5 million metric tons of pig iron per annum, and is intended to replace blast furnace #6, which is scheduled for overhaul. With an annual production of 4.9 million metric tons of crude iron and 4.2 million metric tons of steel, EVRAZ NTMK is one of the largest steel works in Russia. The integrated iron and steel works located in the city of Nizhniy Tagil in the Swerdlowsk Region of the Urals primarily produces train wheels, rails, structural steel, pipe blanks and semifinished products. Nizhniy Tagil is one of the oldest Russian steelmaking and mining centers.
Construction site of the new blast furnace #7 of EVRAZ Nizhniy Tagil Metallurgical Plant in Russia. Primetals Technologies will supply automation and electrics for the new furnace (Photo courtesy of EVRAZ NTMK).
Source: Primetals Press Releases