Mexican Steelmaker Orders Compact Steelmaking Plant
Siemens VAI Metals Technologies received an order from Mexico’s Talleres y Aceros S.A. de C.V. (Tyasa) to supply a new compact steelmaking plant with a capacity of 1.2 million tons of steel per year for its Ixtaczoquitlan site. The heart of the plant is a Simetal EAF Quantum electric arc furnace with a tapping weight of 100 tons. This new furnace design reduces the specific conversion cost for the electric production of steel by approximately 20%. The project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2013.
The project also involves the provision of secondary steelmaking facilities, which includes a 100-ton double ladle furnace and a 100-ton double vacuum-degassing plant, and a combination continuous caster. The plant will have a capacity of around 1.2 million tons of killed, low, medium and high-carbon steels per year. The steel it produces will be cast in a six-strand combination continuous caster into billets. The new plant will enable Tyasa not only to increase its production capacity substantially but also to widen its range of products.