Tenova, SMS Concast builds steel making plant

A new steel making plant, belonging to Chadormalu Mining & Industrial Co. (CMIC) and built on technological supplies and engineering provided by Tenova in consortium with SMS Concast, has been successfully started up in Ardakan, Yazd province, in central Iran.

The plant, fed with DRI pellets, is equipped with a 170-ton Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) and Ladle Furnace (LF) provided by Tenova and a six-strand continuous caster provided by SMS Concast, and has provision for future installation of a Vacuum Degasser that will allow production of special steel grades (SBQ) for both internal use and export.

Tenova EAF, designed to produce 1,2 Mio tons per year of billet from cold DRI, is equipped with a 160 MVA transformer and a chemical package with a total rated flow of 10’000Nm3/hour.

The EAF was designed to process hot DRI directly charged from the plant’s iron reduction reactor at a temperature up to 600°C, with an estimated productivity increase of 30% against the design target. When the hot DRI charging system is in place, Tenova EAF is expected to be the first furnace in Iran to produce steel through this process.

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