Fives received an order from CELSA Group, a manufacturer of steel long products based in Spain, for a walking-beam furnace. The furnace, which has a capacity of 120 tons per hour, will reheat billets of different sections and lengths to serve a new rolling mill that specializes in the production of steel billets from the recovery of scrap. The furnace includes complete digital on/off control and heat-curve control for optimum combustion. It will be installed in the CELSA France plant located in the municipalities of Boucau and Tarnos, New Aquitaine region. Commissioning is scheduled in the fall.
Fives received an order from JSW Steel, India’s leading steel producer, for an upgrade project of its reheating furnaces at JSW Steel Vijayanagar Works, which currently produces 12 million tons per year. Fives will modernize two reheating furnaces to increase their efficiency and capacity from 250 tons per hour to 295 tons per hour to meet the new requirements of the hot-strip mill N1. Both walking-beam furnaces were previously supplied by Fives. The project for both furnaces is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Fives received two contracts to design and supply reheating furnaces to Chinese steelmakers, both with strict requirements on energy consumption and NOx emissions. The first project covers an ultra-low-NOx furnace to reheat long products, such as stainless steel bars, coils or wires, for Yantai Walsin Stainless Steel. Fives will supply a walking-beam furnace with a capacity of 85 tons per hour. The second contract was signed with Shijiazhuang Iron & Steel Company within China’s HBIS Group for two reheating furnaces, each with a production capacity of 130 tons per hour.
Nucor Steel Marion Inc. of Marion, Ohio, granted SMS group the final acceptance certificate for the supplied walking-beam furnace after successful commissioning. The furnace, which went into service in the existing bar mill, is capable of delivering 120 short tons per hour of hot billets at 2255°F (1235°C). The NOx content of this furnace is close to 25 parts per million, making it the most energy-efficient furnace with the lowest emission values within Nucor.
Italy’s Forni Industriali Bendotti was awarded separate contracts from Nucor and ArcelorMittal for walking-beam furnaces. Nucor Steel Kankakee Inc. ordered a walking-beam furnace with a capacity of 91 metric tons per hour. It will supply a merchant bar mill at the company’s facility in Bourbonnais, Ill. Start-up is scheduled for late 2019. ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada ordered a walking-beam furnace with a capacity of 130 metric tons per hour. It will supply the company’s existing rebar and SBQ rolling mill in Contrecoeur, Quebec. Start-up is planned for June 2019.
Andritz received an order from Swiss Steel AG for the supply and installation of a new walking-beam furnace with an output of 150 tons/hour for heating continuous-cast billets at the company’s Emmenbrücke plant in Switzerland. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019. Billets of different dimensions and qualities are heated in the walking-beam furnace and then rolled into wire of different gauges in the rolling line.
SMS group received an order from Spain’s Forjas Iraeta Heavy Industry for the supply of a 30-ton-per-hour walking-beam furnace to be used upstream of its existing breakdown mill for flange production. The goal of the project is to install furnace technology for proper and optimal reheating of a wide range of products. The charge will include blooms from 200-500 mm (7.9-19.7 inches) square and round blooms from 300-700 mm (11.8-27.5 inches) in diameter, in lengths between 3-5 meters (9.8-16.4 feet).