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“Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol” reconstructs blast-furnace production capacities

25 October 2013

Major overhaul of the third category of blast furnace № 4 was carried out within the frame of production modernization program at “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol” of Metinvest Group.

The main accent has been made on carrying out of repair activities relating to the equipment operation reliability growth and overhaul operating period prolongation of iron-melting unit. The Works Investments in planned modernization of a blast furnace were about 18.5 million grivnas.

Shotcreting technology has been applied for blast furnace lining refreshing. Refractory concrete was applied on the walls of furnace stack through the high pressure robotics. Shotcreting will prevent the crack initiation in the furnace stack armoring and prolongate overhaul periods with the cost reduction for main overhaul. The achievement of coke saving is expected at the expense of design lining thickness refreshing. In addition furnace charging equipment, casting yard equipment, iron notch opening machine and electrical guns were replaced during repair process, burden charge conveyors were repaired.

Recondition of nature protection equipment of blast furnace also has been provided in the repair program. A series of service works of duster collectors, dust-exhaust system of stock houses was carried out, inspection of dust control system of casting yard was made.

“As a result of performed work the stack life will increase from five to seven years and it will have positive effect in economic parameters of furnace operation. We have provided steady operation of cleaning plants. Pooling of economic interests and environmental principles is the rule for the Works”, - emphasized the General Director of “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol”, Jury Zinchenko.

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PJSC «Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol» is one of the greatest enterprises in Ukraine with full metallurgical cycle. The Works produces pipes and flat rolled products of carbon, low-alloy and alloy steels for different applications: hot-rolled plates and sheets intended for the production of pipes for main pipelines, ships, pressure vessels, bridge constructions, other metal constructions for critical application; hot-rolled plates, sheets and strips including pickled; cold-rolled, including galvanized, bands, sheets and strips, including for cold stamping, flooring and others; thick-walled pipes including for oil pipe lines; water- and gas-supply welded thin-walled pipes of circular section and structural pipes of rectangular section; flasks for different compressed gases, including automobile and others. 

50 certificates issued by seven International Certification Bodies and Ukraine Certification Centers confirm the high quality of the metal products of 200 steel grades produced at the Works. Quality Management System functions at the PJSC «Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol» developed and certified according to the requirements of ISO 9001.

Production facilities of the Works allow to produce about 6,1 million tons of steel per year, 12 million tons of agglomerate, more than 5,5 million tons of pig-iron, more than 6,1 million tons of steel including converter steel – 3,6 million tons, more than 5 million tons of finished rolled products.

METINVEST is an international vertical-integrated mining-and-metallurgical Group of companies, which runs assets in every link of production chain from iron-ore and coal mining till semi-finished and finished metal products manufacture. The structure of the Group comprises mining and metallurgical enterprises in Ukraine, Europe and USA, and sales network covering the key world markets. METINVEST GROUP consists of Metallurgical and Mining Divisions. According to the strategical vision of the Group its aim is to become lead European vertical-integrated steel producer with stable ratio of growth and cost effectiveness in spite of market cyclicity, and to ensure investment return higher than industrial standards. In the first half of 2012 the Group has received US$6,74 milliards of sale proceeds, cost effectiveness by EBITDA was 16%.


The main shareholders of METINVEST B.V. Company (holding company of METINVEST GROUP) are SKM GROUP (71,25%) and SMART-HOLDING (23,75%), which control Company at partnership relations.