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Metalloinvest launches new steam boilers at Ural Steel CHP plant

22 December 2020

Metalloinvest (“the Company”), a leading global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel, has launched new medium-pressure steam boilers at Ural Steel’ combined heat and power plant (CHP plant). The Company’s investment in the project amounted to more than 3 billion roubles.

Denis Pasler, Governor of the Orenburg region, remarked: “Metalloinvest is a strong example of a socially responsible business and a reliable partner of the Orenburg region for the last 10 years. The Company’s infrastructure projects have benefited not only Ural Steel, but the city as a whole. Since 2011, the partnership between the region, Novotroitsk and Metalloinvest has been built under a trilateral agreement. The Company annually allocates around 300 million roubles to implement its partnership activities. In 2020, it provided an additional unprecedented 550 million roubles to support healthcare institutions in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The welfare of one third of Novotroitsk families depends on the work of Ural Steel. In addition, the large-scale modernisation project of the combined heat and power plant now guarantees a stable heat supply throughout the city.”

Nazim Efendiev, CEO of Management Company Metalloinvest, said: “Our investment projects are aimed at introducing advanced technological solutions and reducing environmental impact. Introducing medium-pressure boilers will increase the energy efficiency of production at Ural Steel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The modernization of the Ural Steel CHP plant creates a powerful energy complex with a total capacity of 440 tons of steam per hour. The boilers operate on natural gas, coke oven gas and blast-furnace gas, with each generating up to 144 Gcal per hour. The heat energy production volume has doubled, while ensuring the required quality of steam for Ural Steel’s divisions. The modern units have a high level of efficiency, and will help to reduce maintenance costs and harmful impact on the environment.

The new heating plant project included the launch of the main control room, chemical laboratory, electrical section and automated process control system. The installation of new pumping equipment, live steam pipelines, feed and treated water, main steam pipelines and gas pipelines was also carried out.

Water Purification Facility No. 3 has been reconstructed and a unique automated unit for the production of purified water was installed. The electrical equipment of the communication transformer No. 2 was replaced. The boilers are fully automated and controlled by one person using a computer. Employees of the CHP plant received additional training on how to work effectively with the new equipment.

Ildar Iskakov, Managing Director of Ural Steel, said: “In line with Metalloinvest’s investment programme to modernise the production facilities of Ural Steel, the reconstruction of the CHP plant equipment began in July 2018. The newest, highly efficient boilers were assembled in a record of just over two years. With the boilers reaching their design capacity, the quality of energy and heat supply to the facilities of the plant and the town will not only improve, but also the reliability of the plant's energy capacities will increase."

At the next stage of the CHP plant’s renovation, the design and construction of a medium pressure turbine generator with a capacity of up to 60 megawatts will be commissioned, which will work in conjunction with the new boilers. There are also future plans to successively replace five high-pressure boilers, turbine generators and air compressors.

Anton Troshin

Anton Troshin

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

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