Date: Apr 04, 2019

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) plans to begin the reconstruction of blast furnace No. 2 in 2020, in line with its modernisation plans. MMK plans to radically modernise the unit, significantly reducing its environmental impact.

The historically-significant blast furnace No. 2 was commissioned in the summer of 1932, a few months after the launch of the plant. Currently, it produces around 3,800 tonnes of pig iron per day.

As part of the modernisation process, MMK plans to dismantle and completely replace all parts of the old furnace, as well as to replace the cooling system. Equipment for the new cooling system will be supplied by the Luxembourg company Paul Wurth, which has been selected following the results of a tender which required the cooling systems presented to have horizontal cooling elements. Following its reconstruction, the new furnace will have non-lintel design. Paul Wurth will supply horizontal box coolers, highly-heat-conductive graphite blast-furnace brickwork and ramming compound. The package also includes a complete set of equipment for a stand-alone hydraulic power unit with heat exchangers and an accompanying closed-loop cooling system for chemically purified water. The installation process will be supervised on-site both during the pre-installation period and during the period between installation and the start-date of the furnace’s operation.

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