Modernization takes place at the company's plant in Linz, Austria

Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine has completed the first phase of a modernization project covering control systems for its three converter lines and for the higher-level converter area from UK-based engineering and plant manufacturing company Primetals Technologies. Eurometal writes about it with the reference to S&P Global.

Primetals is currently upgrading the entire process control system at the Voestalpine steel plant in Linz (Austria). The first stage of modernization was completed in June.

Voestalpine said updating the entire process control system will lead to improvements in both investment security for the steelworks and process automation availability. The project is expected to be complete in 16 phases and would run until the end of the year. Systems upgrades for secondary metallurgy, slab treatment and dedusting units will follow in coming phases.

Voestalpine also said that its process control system is one of the largest PCS 7 installations in the world. While updating the entire control system, Primetals will take over the existing libraries, which will save time spent on extensive testing of important functions in all units and would avoid long plant downtimes.

Primetals Technologies received an order for the supply of a new slab caster to the Turkish metallurgical company Tosyali Holding.

As GMK Center reported earlier, last fall the ThyssenKrupp steel corporation agreed with Primetals Technologies on the market launch of CO2 reduction technology in blast-furnace steel production – Sequence Impulse Process (SIP).