SMS Siemag commissioned a new EAF meltshop at Pervouralsk Novo Trubny Works (PNTZ), a Russian producer of pipe products. The new meltshop will provide plants within the ChelPipe Group with high-quality round billets that comply with all standards and requirements for seamless pipe production. The shop will have an annual billet production capacity of 1.1 million tons. The first stage of the project included the launch of the 120-ton electric arc furnace and the 120-ton ladle furnace.

The product range will include carbon steels for the production of tubes for application in the oil and natural gas industry. SMS Siemag, SMS Concast and SMS Mevac supplied the complete process equipment for the new production facilities. A twin-tank vacuum degasser from SMS Mevac and a three-strand bloom caster are expected to be commissioned in the near future.