Severstal has launched the first block of its new coke battery No 11 unit, which uses coal charge ramming technology, with a production capacity of 700,000mt of metallurgical coal per year, at its Cherepovets Steel Mill.
The company will invest RUB 34mn ($452,994) on the project, which will be constructed using two blocks having a total production capacity of 1.4mn mt with each block consisting of 56 furnaces, it said in a statement. Severstal will commission the second block in 2021, it indicated. The project is part of the company’s green met coal plans.
This installation of coke battery will help the Russian steelmaker increase its production volume with 20pc lower carbon emissions compared to other coke battery units. A key factor of these batteries is the ram loading and ejecting machine technology that enables the use of low grades of coal without impacting steel quality.
($1 = RUB75.07)