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7/27/2016

Sangan iron concentrate project in Iran

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Shangdong Province Metallurgical Engineering Co., Ltd. (SDM) awarded Outotec a contract for the delivery of process equipment to the Iron Concentrate Project Sangan in North-Eastern Iran. The Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) owns the Sangan mines and SDM is their engineering partner. The contract value is approximately 10 million € and the order has been booked in Outotec's 2016 second quarter order intake.

Outotec's scope of work includes the design and delivery of thickeners and filter presses as well as related installation supervision and commissioning services including spare parts. The new iron processing plant will process 5 million t/a of ore. The equipment will be delivered mostly during the second quarter of 2017.

Source: Outotec Oyj, Espoo, Finland
7/25/2016 - France

Vallourec starts negotiations to sell a majority holding in the Saint-Saulve steel mill

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Vallourec, global leader in premium tubular solutions, has started exclusive negotiations with Ascométal,  Europe’s largest producer of special steels, with a view to the sale of its majority holding in the Saint-Saulve steel mill (Hauts-de-France region). Based on a reinforced industrial and business plan, the Ascométal offer should retain the site’s 320 highly skilled employees. Negotiations should be concluded with a final agreement being signed by the end of 2016. At  this  stage  in  proceedings,  the  two  partners  envisage  creating  a  joint  venture  with Vallourec holding a 40-% stake and Ascométal having a 60-% holding, thus giving the latter exclusive control of operations.

Source: Vallourec, Ascométal
Crude steel production. Source: worldsteel
Crude steel production. Source: worldsteel
7/22/2016 - May 20Crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to worldsteel

World crude steel production decreases slightly

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World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 139 million t in May 2016, a -0.1 % decrease compared to May 2015.

China’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 70.5 million t, an increase of 1.8 % compared to May 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.8 million t of crude steel in May 2016, a decrease of -0.9 % compared to May 2015. India’s crude steel production was 8.0 million t in May 2016, up by 4.9 % on May 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.8 million t in May 2016, down by -3.5 % on May 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.9 million t of crude steel in May 2016, an increase of 4.0 % compared to May 2015. Italy produced 2.2 million t of crude steel, up by 9.3 % on May 2015. Spain produced 1.3 million t of crude steel, down by -10.6 % compared to May 2015. France produced 1.2 million t of crude steel, down by -18.8 % compared to May 2015.

Turkey’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 3.0 million t, up by 5.4 % on May 2015. In May 2016, Russia produced 6.0 million t of crude steel, up by 0.4 % over May 2015. Ukraine produced 2.3 million t of crude steel, up by 5.7 % compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.8 million t of crude steel in May 2016, a decrease of -0.4 % compared to May 2015. Brazil’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 2.6 million t, down by -13.2 % on May 2015.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in May 2016 was 71.3 %. This is 1.0 percentage point lower than May 2015. Compared to April 2016, it is 0.1 percentage point lower.

Source: World Steel Association, Brussels, Belgium
7/22/2016 - Spain

ArcelorMittal Asturias modernizes coking plant facilities

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ArcelorMittal Asturias decided to invest into the reconstruction and modernization of the coking plant at its Gijon works, which has been out of operation since 2013. In the context of this extensive project, Paul Wurth has been awarded with the engineering, supply of key equipment as well as erection and commissioning supervision services for the rebuild of two coke oven batteries and the modernization of the adjacent by-product plants.

Source: Paul Wurth
7/22/2016 - USA

Nucor to acquire plate mill in Texas

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Nucor Corporation will acquire Joy Global's steel plate mill in Longview, Texas, for approximately $29 million. The mill produces carbon and alloy plate products with heat-treating capabilities and has an annual capacity of 180 000 t. The mill produces specialty plate products with the capability of producing plate that can range from 25 mm to 305 mm thick and up to 3 505 mm wide.  

Nucor's existing plate mills are in North Carolina and Alabama and have a combined capacity of 2.9 million t/a.   Nucor's existing mills produce plate for manufacturers of barges, bridges, heavy equipment, rail cars, refinery tanks, ships, wind towers, armor and other markets. Nucor plate products are also used in the pipe and tube, pressure vessel, transportation and construction industries.

Source: Nucor Corporation
7/21/2016 - Ferrobamba and Tenova

Cooperation agreement for iron ore development project

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A cooperation agreement was signed between Ferrobamba and Tenova to develop its iron ore mine in the Aymaraes region of Peru. Ferrobamba has chosen Tenova HYL Micro Module technology in order to oversee the technological design and provide the equipment to develop and build a 500 000-t/a pelletization plant and a 250 000-t/a DRI high carbon DRI plant. “The Micro Module uses the same ZR technology applied in Nucor’s Louisiana plant, but is one 10th of the size and allows junior mining companies to enter the DRI production market with a limited capital investment,” stated Alfonso Navarro, CEO of Ferrobamba. “The company will be in a position to produce a premium quality DRI that is not currently available in the region”.

Source: Tenova S.p.A., Italy
Signing ceremony. Photo: Danieli
Signing ceremony. Photo: Danieli
7/20/2016 - Vietnam

Ton Dong A signs a contract for a new Hot Dip Galvanizing Line

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Ton Dong A is building hot dip galvanizing line (HDGL) no 6 for the production of galvanized coated strip and thin low-carbon strip for the new facility in Binh Dong. Danieli will supply the line that will have a total annual production capacity of 0.35 million t/a, with maximum process speeds going from 180 m/min for the GI products up to 200 m/min for the GL. The incoming strip, cold-rolled or pickled and oiled hot-rolled coils, will be in the thickness range from 0.25 to 2.5 mm, up to 1,250 mm in width. The line will be designed for a possible future upgrade to enable the production of home appliances.

The project teams of Ton Dong A and Danieli aim to produce the first galvanized coil by the end of November 2017.

Several Danieli divisions will contribute to the project: Danieli Wean United for the mechanical part, Danieli Centro Combustion for the annealing furnace, Danieli Kohler for the Air Wiping System and Danieli Automation as software and process integrator.

Recently cold reversing mill no 2 has been put into operation, galvanizing line no 5 started in December 2015 and the cold reversing mill no 1 in 2012.

Source: Danieli S.p.A., Italy
CSP’s coking plant construction site. Photo: Paul Wurth
CSP’s coking plant construction site. Photo: Paul Wurth
7/19/2016 - Companhia Siderúrgica de Pecèm (CSP) in Brazil

New coking plant now fully operational

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After the first of two new coke oven batteries was put in operation in May 2016, one month later first coke was successfully pushed also from the second new battery of Companhia Siderúrgica de Pecèm (CSP) in Brazil. This operation marks an important milestone in CSP’s new coking plant project, being part of their greenfield integrated steel plant construction in the state of Cearà in Brazil’s Northeast region. The steel plant will have the capacity to produce 3 million t/a of steel slabs. In the frame of this ambitious project, Paul Wurth was contracted by Posco Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd for the engineering, supply of key components as well as erection and commissioning supervision services for the coking plant facilities.

Source: Paul Wurth, Luxembourg
7/18/2016 - European Steel Association - Eurofer

EU steel sector still paying the price for sustained global overcapacity

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EU  apparent  steel  consumption  grew  3.1 %  year-on-year  in  the  first  quarter  of  2016. Improving business activity at the end-user level and inventory replenishment in the downstream steel supply chain fuelled steel demand. Improving international steel pricing conditions since mid-February and lengthening lead times also explain the increase in buying interest and related stockpiling over the quarter.

Eurofer Director General Axel Eggert said, “Imports rose by 24 % year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016, but EU domestic deliveries fell by 1 %. This shows that once again third country suppliers gained most from the modest growth in demand and continued to capture a larger portion of the EU steel market. While deliveries from China into the EU remain at an elevated level, suppliers from other third countries such as Japan, South Korea, Iran, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are increasingly targeting the still relatively open EU market”.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels, Belgium
Krefeld cold rolling plant. Photo: Outokumpu
Krefeld cold rolling plant. Photo: Outokumpu
7/15/2016 - Outokumpu

Expansion work in Krefeld cold rolling plant completed

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On July 12, 2016 the NIFO (Nirosta Ferrite Optimization) project reached its final milestone when the construction of the new pickling line was completed at the Krefeld cold rolling plant. The project moves now to ramp-up phase with the aim of reaching stable operations and quality. NIFO  project is part of a group-wide programme for Outokumpu to expand the production of ferritic stainless steels in Krefeld. With the ferrite optimization Outokumpu transfers the current production from the Düsseldorf-Benrath cold rolling plant to Krefeld.

The NIFO investment consisted of four initiatives to expand and enhance the production capabilities in Krefeld: erection of a new pickling and bright annealing line, construction of a new batch annealing facility and several upgrade measures at the cold rolling and skinpass mills.

Source: Outokumpu