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Emirates Steel sets production record

The electric arc furnace at Emirates Steel has set a new world record for production, converting 5197 tons of liquid steel into 4993.8 tons of billets through the Continuous Casting Machine (CCM). The 150 ton furnace (EAF) of the Phase 1 steel making plant (SMP), broke the record in 34 heats. “For such a young […]

The electric arc furnace at Emirates Steel has set a new world record for production, converting 5197 tons of liquid steel into 4993.8 tons of billets through the Continuous Casting Machine (CCM).

The 150 ton furnace (EAF) of the Phase 1 steel making plant (SMP), broke the record in 34 heats.

“For such a young plant the massive effort, strong teamwork and total commitment to reach this tough target in such a short period of time cannot be underestimated; only admired, by any observer, be a layman, or himself a steel making expert,” said Emirates Steel’s senior vice president of operations, Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi.

“This achievement serves as a springboard for the inevitable future successes, and more challenging targets of Emirates Steel as we continue to grow. The pride we feel in these achievements will drive us on to meet all the challenges of the future,” he added.

The design capacity of the plant has been exceeded to reach a current tap-to-tap time of 42.2 minutes and power on time of 36 minutes.

Currently undergoing expansion, the second phase of the plant, with a production capacity of 1 million metric tons per annum (MTPA), will increase the total rolling capacity to 3 million MTPA.

Phase 1, completed in June 2009

The US$ 810 million phase one, completed in June 2009, comprises of a 1.6 million MTPA direct reduction plant, a 1.4 million MTPA Steel Making Plant, a 0.48 million MTPA wire rod and coil rolling mill (RM3), a 0.62 million MTPA rebar rolling mill (RM2), and associated facilities.

During May 2011 phase one achieved record production of 118,504 tons, compared to the January 2011 peak of 117,923 tons. The phase one direct reduction plant achieved a monthly record production of 155,243 tons with 94% metallisation, which exceeds the previous highest production of 134,950 tons – achieved in June 2010 – by 15%.

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