SMS group will supply a new steel complex to Acciaierie e Ferriere di Piombino SpA (AFERPI). It will replace outdated facilities at the Piombino site in Italy. The new plant will consist of a melt shop with a capacity of more than 1 million tons/year and a rail and section mill with a capacity of 700,000 tons/year. SMS group will supply a 140-ton SHARC direct-current EAF, which operates very efficiently due to the preheating of the charge. The SHARC (shaft arc furnace) will be charged with a high rate of virgin materials, such as HBI, in addition to scrap in order to reliably meet the required cleanness of the steel produced. The steel plant will also include a twin ladle furnace and a twin vacuum degasser.
Blooms will be processed in the new rail and section mill, which will produce rails with a length of 120 meters (394 feet) as well as various beams, sections and sheet piles. The rail finishing line will process long and short rails and include testing facilities, cutting and drilling machines, and gap presses.