Severstal finishes Cherepovets improvement program

The Cherepovets Steel Mill, part of the Russian Steel division of Severstal, has completed a maintenance project to upgrade its No1 Converter. This marks the completion of an approx. EUR 59M environmental improvement program that included the installation of equipment to trap fugitive emission from the Mill’s No1, No2 and No3 converters. The program is expected to deliver an almost eightfold reduction in harmful atmospheric emissions at the Cherepovets Steel Mill.

Sergey Toropov, CEO of Severstal’s Russian Steel division commented: “The upgrade of the No1 Converter, which involved replacing the housing of the melting unit and the mantle ring and installing an exhaust hood to trap fugitive emissions, was scheduled to take 44 days. I am pleased to report that we have managed to complete the work nearly eight days ahead of schedule, allowing us to produce an additional 56,765t of steel.â€?

The new system for capturing emissions which includes, amongst other things, new bag filters, smoke exhausts, a compressor station, a package transformer and distribution substation, was installed at CherMK last year. In December 2013, the system was commissioned following maintenance on the No2 Converter. The No3 Converter was connected to the system in February 2014. The installation of an exhaust hood at the No1 Converter completes this major environmental program. The program was implemented without interrupting production.

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