Russian Iron-Ore Producer Expands Heat-Treat Capacity
Metalloinvest, a global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, will build a heat-treatment facility for hot-rolled steel at OEMK in Russia. The facility will have an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tons of special-bar-quality (SBQ) bars and will add to the existing heat-treatment capacities at OEMK’s rolling plant #2. The project includes the construction of a building for the heat-treatment facility and two heat-treatment furnaces.
The first furnace is scheduled to be installed in 2019, and the second will begin operations in 2020. Metalloinvest has agreed to an equipment supply contract with Danieli Centro Combustion, part of the Danieli group. The facility will enable OEMK to carry out various kinds of heat treatment in the temperature range of 752-1796°F (400-980°C).
According to Danieli, the furnaces will process bars ranging from 0.75 to 3.5 inches (19 to 90 mm) in diameter and will perform isothermal annealing, spheroidizing annealing and high-temperature tempering.