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Metalloinvest to increase productivity of HBI-1 Plant at Lebedinsky GOK

18 November 2020

Metalloinvest, a leading global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel, has launched the modernisation of HBI-1 Plant at Lebedinsky GOK.

The project is scheduled to be completed by early 2023 and is expected to increase the productivity of HBI-1 Plant by more than 10%. At the same time, the metallurgical value of products will improve, with metallisation and carbon content increasing.

An agreement to modernise HBI-1 Plant has been signed with Tenova HYL, a Tenova company worldwide leader in Direct Reduction technology, who will provide engineering and consulting services while also supplying key and auxiliary equipment.

The existing HYL technological solution will be supplemented by two modern oxygen injection distributors, as well as an additional boiler for steam generation, an absorber, carbon dioxide extraction pumps, a fuel gas buffer tank and other units.

Oleg Mikhailov, Managing Director of Lebedinsky GOK, said: "Metalloinvest is the leading global supplier of HBI, with a market share exceeding 50%. The production capacity for this type of metallised product is concentrated at Lebedinsky GOK. The modernisation of HBI-1 Plant is a key example of the kinds of strategic solutions that enable the Company to strengthen its leading industry position.

Stefano Maggiolino, President and CEO of Tenova HYL, said: "The reliability of our technology and the open, professional dialogue with the client were key factors in the positive decision on this contract. We look forward to working together with the Metalloinvest team on the successful implementation of this project.

The capacity of HBI-1 Plant, which was commissioned at Lebedinsky GOK in 2001, enables the production of more than 1 mn tonnes of HBI annually. In total, the three HBI plants at Lebedinsky GOK produce over 4.5 mn tonnes of HBI per year.

Hot briquetted iron is a raw material used for the production of high-quality steel. The direct reduction process, which is used to produce HBI, is the most environmentally friendly iron production method. It lacks the emissions that are traditionally associated with the production of coke, sintering ore and pig iron, as well as the solid waste in the form of slag.

Anton Troshin

Anton Troshin

Corporate Communications Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 981-55-55

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