NLMK to upgrade its BF operations in 2018

NLMK Group, an international steel company with assets in Russia, the USA and the EU, recently signed an agreement with Paul Wurth (Luxembourg) for engineering and the supply of equipment for the reconstruction of blast furnace No.6 (BF-6), which has a capacity of 3.2 million tonnes per year, at its production site in Lipetsk. The upgrade which has been planned to begin in Q1 2018, will extend the service life of the blast furnace by at least 20 years; and boost its productivity by 8% to 3.4 million tonnes of pig iron per year.