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Metalloinvest increases output of Blast Furnace #2 at Ural Steel to meet target performance

2 February 2021

Metalloinvest, a leading global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel, is increasing the output at its upgraded Blast Furnace #2 at Ural Steel to its planned capacity of 2,000 tonnes of pig iron per day.

The operation of the upgraded blast furnace was assessed by the heads of the Orenburg region and Metalloinvest during a working visit.

Denis Pasler, Governor of the Orenburg region, commented: "The Company continues to modernise in spite of any new challenges that come its way, and the launch of new equipment enables it to both improve efficiency and reduce its environmental impact. We are pleased to see that Metalloinvest, which provides stable employment for 9,500 residents and is one of the region's largest employers, is taking positive steps for its future."

Nazim Efendiev, CEO of Management Company Metalloinvest, commented: "Our investment projects are aimed at introducing advanced technological solutions and reducing our environmental footprint. Re-equipping the blast furnaces will reduce coke consumption and cut costs.

Ildar Iskakov, Managing Director of Ural Steel, added: With Blast Furnace #2 operating at full capacity by the end of the year, we expect to increase the enterprises total iron output to 2.7 mn tonnes, including up to 1.5 mn tonnes of commercial iron. We are planning to begin the reconstruction of Blast Furnace #3 as early as this February.

The modernised Blast Furnace #2 was commissioned on 30 December 2020, and its output is now systematically being raised to meet set technological production parameters. The maximum capacity of the new furnace is up to 760,000 tonnes of pig iron per year.

The main processing equipment supplier is Danieli Corus. The warranty period without costly overhauls is over 15 years.

Anton Troshin

Anton Troshin

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

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