Chinese steel producer Xingtai Iron and Steel Corp. has placed a contract with Siemens VAI Metals Technologies to engineer and supply key equipment for a new stainless meltshop. The meltshop, which will comprise a 50-metric-ton ladle furnace, a 50-metric-ton-capacity AOD stainless steel converter and a 4-strand billet caster, will be part of a new production facility Xingtai is building in the Hebei Province. Scheduled to start up in June 2010, the facility will enable the company to enter the stainless and specialty-steel market for long products. The billet caster will be designed to cast approximately 500,000 metric tons of stainless and specialty-steel grades per year.
Siemens will supply engineering and key components for the ladle furnace, including current-conducting electrode arms, the high-voltage electrical system, hydraulics, Level 1 and Level 2 automation and a metallurgical process model. Siemens Ltd. of China will be responsible for local manufacturing and supply of certain key components for the AOD converter and ladle furnace.
Xingtai Iron and Steel Orders Meltshop
February 24, 2009