Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works has started construction of a new sinter plant as part of its long-term development strategy announced in November 2015 to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
Commissioning of the new sinter plant will provide MMK’s blast furnaces with high-quality sinter produced using state-of-the-art energy-saving and environmentally safe technologies. The new plant will produce sinter with an iron content of 57.95%.
The sinter plant will have annual capacity of 5,5 million tons, allowing MMK to decommission outdated equipment at sinter plant No. 4 (4.2 million tons per year capacity).
The new plant will help MMK process sinter more efficiently, reduce the production costs of pig iron by ensuring output of suitable materials, and fully unlock the potential of MMK’s blast furnaces.
The new project will significantly reduce MMK’s environmental impact, with emissions of dust and sulfur dioxide expected to decline by 490 tons and 3,280 tons per year respectively. Discharge of suspended particles into the water supply system will be reduced by 600 tons per year.
The contract value of the equipment is 6.7 billion rubles. Overall MMK will invest around 22 billion rubles into the sinter plant, including building and installation works. The new facility is scheduled for commissioning in 2019. (MMK/Ukrainian metal)