16 December 2013
International conference of intercompany school on the best practice exchange among Blast Furnace ironmaking specialists was held as part of "Ilyich Iron & Steel Works" and "AZOVATAL IRON & STEEL WORKS". By invitation of Metinvest Group the representatives of six Russian and four Ukrainian enterprises were participated in this international conference.
Blast-furnace operators discussed contemporary problems of metallurgical ecology, energy savings and cost-effective use of resources. In the course of excursion at "Ilyich Iron & Steel Works" the guests was acquainted with operation of Blast Furnace Shop and Pulverized Coal Injection Unit (PCI). The specialists noted that technology was implemented with great attention to environmental protection.
Modern dust exhausting devices allow reducing environment pollution. Bag filters and PCI sealing exclude emissions and provide a closed-loop circulation of coal dust.
"The Enterprises of Metinvest Group are the leaders in Ukrainian iron & steel industry. And first of all, it concerns the development of energy-saving technologies and implementation of environmental projects. Experienced staff of "Ilyich Iron & Steel Works" traditionally maintained close ties with the experts of Ukrainian and foreign companies. We are ready to share their extensive experience and knowledge and adopt experience from metallurgists-colleagues. We are open for cooperation and constructive dialogue, "- pointed out Yuriy Zinchenko, Director General of PJSC "Ilyich Iron & Steel Works".
Today PCI complexes are in operation at "Zaporizhstal" and at "Ilyich Iron & Steel Works".
Identical units planned to be constructed at "Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works" and at "AZOVATAL IRON & STEEL WORKS". Subject to the operation of all four complexes atmospheric emissions will be greatly reduced, and the savings of natural gas will reach 890 million cubic meters. Thus, the energy consumption of domestic iron and steel industry shall be declined by almost a quarter.
"Competition has been increased at the global steel market. It is natural that the requirements to product quality as well as to production environmental are becoming stricter. This encourages us to focus on improving production efficiency and new energy-saving technologies implementation. Innovations are actively implemented at the enterprises of Metinvest. We are aimed at production efficiency including energy and resource aspects. One of the most important areas is the development of environmental and social programs "– said Enver Tskitishvili, Director General of PJSC "AZOVSTAL IRON & STEEL WORKS".
At PJSC "AZOVSTAL IRON & STEEL WORKS" the members of intercompany school were provided with progressive developments, in particular, a large-scale project of Blast Furnace No. 4 reconstruction, which promises greatly improve environmental situation in Mariupol.
PJSC "AZOVSTAL IRON & STEEL WORKS" is a modern high-technology enterprise manufacturing wide range of steel products: slabs, bars, shapes, railway rails, rail fasteners, square billets, plates and products of metallurgical slag.
Production capacities of the enterprise allow to produce annually over 5.5 mln. t of iron, over 6.2 mln. t of steel (aim is to achieve 7 mln.t of steel per year) and over 4.4 mln. t of rolled products. Design capacities for rail fasteners production is 285 thous. t per year, grinding balls 170 thous. t per year.
PJSC «Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol» is one of the greatest enterprises in Ukraine with full metallurgical cycle. The Works produces pipes and flat rolled products of carbon, low-alloy and alloy steels for different applications: hot-rolled plates and sheets intended for the production of pipes for main pipelines, ships, pressure vessels, bridge constructions, other metal constructions for critical application; hot-rolled plates, sheets and strips including pickled; cold-rolled, including galvanized, bands, sheets and strips, including for cold stamping, flooring and others; thick-walled pipes including for oil pipe lines; water- and gas-supply welded thin-walled pipes of circular section and structural pipes of rectangular section; flasks for different compressed gases, including automobile and others.
50 certificates issued by seven International Certification Bodies and Ukraine Certification Centers confirm the high quality of the metal products of 200 steel grades produced at the Works. Quality Management System functions at the PJSC «Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol» developed and certified according to the requirements of ISO 9001.
Production facilities of the Works allow to produce about 6,1 million tons of steel per year, 12 million tons of agglomerate, more than 5,5 million tons of pig-iron, more than 6,1 million tons of steel including converter steel – 3,6 million tons, more than 5 million tons of finished rolled products.
Metinvest is a vertically integrated mining and metallurgical group of companies that manages assets in each segment of production chain, from extraction of iron ore raw materials and coal, as well as coke production up to manufacture of steel semi-finished and finished products, pipes and coils and also manufacture of other high-value-added products. The Group incorporates mining and metallurgical enterprises located in Ukraine, Europe and USA and has sales network covering all global key markets. The key shareholders of Metinvest are SCM Group (71.25%) and Smart Holding (23.75%) that manage the Company collaboratively.
"METINVEST HOLDING" LLC is the managing company of Metinvest Group.