The capacity of the sheet rolling mill 1700 will reach 3.5 million tons following the reconstruction

Mariupol — Kyiv

Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol (Ilyich ISW) increased its annual hot-rolled steel production capacity to 2.5 million tons. This was reported by Taras Shevchenko, Ilyich ISW Director General, at the presentation of the reconstructed sheet rolling mill 1700.

“The reconstruction of the mill allows us to significantly increase production of high-quality hot-rolled coil. After the current reconstruction stage, we are approaching the level of annual production of 2.5 million tons,” said Mr Shevchenko.

Before the reconstruction, the sheet rolling mill 1700 produced 1.3 million tons of hot-rolled coil per annum.

Works began in 2018. The first stage of reconstruction was completed as planned, until the end of 2019.

Primetals Technologies Austria supplied equipment and technologies. Mr Shevchenko estimated the cost of reconstruction at $110 million.

At the second stage of reconstruction, the company is planning to upgrade hot finishers, install a hydraulic coiler No. 4, and introduce a number of technological innovations.

“Following the third stage of reconstruction, during which one more heating furnace and one more coiler will be built, we will increase annual production of HRC to 3.5 million tons,” specified the Ilyich ISW Director General.

The reconstruction will allow the company to produce coil with the thickness of 1.2 mm to 12 mm. An increase in the weight of coil to 32 tons might allow the company to reduce metal use in production.

As reported earlier by GMK Center, Ilyich ISW and Azovstal mastered production of 27 new types of rolled steel in H1 2019.