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PJSC “ILYICH IRON AND STEEL WORKS OF MARIUPOL” reequips production facilities on regular basis

18 February 2014

In order to improve operation of the Works up to the level of global steel producers PJSC “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol” of Metinvest Group has successfully implemented the planned program of overhauls of main metallurgical and power equipment for 2013. Financial investments amounted to over 300 mln UAH.

During the past year more than 200 major overhauls in the main production shops and structural  divisions, which ensure their smooth-running operation, were made.

On Sinter Factory there were made major repair works on sintering machines No 7 and No 9, which resulted in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving the quality of sinter.

In Blast-Furnace Shop reconstruction of furnaces No3 and No4 was made, during which furnace-charging gears were replaced and gunning of blast-furnace stacks was made. This will allow to reduce heat load on water-cooled elements and extend the life of blast furnaces.

In Oxygen-Converter Shop a large-scale overhaul of the converter No3 was conducted. As part of this overhaul the complete replacement of the converter shell was made, as well as replacement of all its main parts and auxiliary equipment. Besides, in this Shop overhauls of the converter No2, mixer No4 and continuous casting machines No1 and No3 were made. As a result of restoration of design parameters of the equipment overhaul period of metallurgical equipment operation is increased, performance reliability is improved and compliance with the required technological parameters is ensured.

Significant works on renewal of the equipment have passed in Rolling Shops of Ilyich Iron and Steel Works. In particular, in Cold Rolling Shop the automatic system for thickness and tension control of four-stand mill was adjusted, allowing to work efficiently with regard to compliance with the geometric sizes of the rolled products, including thickness range less than 0.5 mm. In Rolling Mill "3000"  modern crane rails with shock pads of German production were fitted, that will reduce the wear of overhead cranes and ensure timely shipment of finished products. In Rolling Mill "1700" a large amount of work has been done to repair stands, what will improve the efficiency of production and reduce emergency downtime. Also major repairs of power equipment of the Works (boilers, cooling towers, blowers, etc.) were carried out.

 Even more ambitious program of renovation of production facilities is scheduled in 2014. About 402 mln. UAH is provided for the overhaul of the equipment.

"Ensuring of safety and reliability of the equipment is for us one of the main factors to improve production efficiency. That is why Metinvest Group despite serious difficulties in the industry, not only reduces the investment in a major overhaul, but also increases its funding in the most important activity", emphasized Yuriy Zinchenko, Director General of PJSC Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol”.

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PJSC "ILYICH IRON AND STEEL WORKS OF MARIUPOL" is one of the largest integrated enterprises in Ukraine. The enterprise produces pipes and flat rolled products of carbon, low-alloy and alloy steels for different applications: hot-rolled plates and sheets intended for manufacturing of pipes for main pipelines, ships, pressure vessels, bridge structures, other steel structures 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 high quality of steel products of 200 steel grades produced at the enterprise. Quality Management System is functioning at PJSC "Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol" developed and certified according to the requirements established in ISO 9001.

 Production facilities of the enterprise allow to produce about 6.1 million tons of steel per year, 12 million tons of sinter, more than 5.5 million tons of iron, more than 6.1 million tons of steel including BOF steel – 3.6 million tons, more than 5 million tons of finished rolled products.

 Metinvest is a vertically integrated mining group of companies, operating the assets in each sector of the production cycle beginning with iron ore and coal mining and coke production up to the manufacture of steel semi-products and finished products, pipes and coils as well as production of other products with high value added. The Group consists of mining and steel works situated in Ukraine, Europe, and the USA and has a chain of sales covering the key world markets. The chief stockholders of Metinvest are SKM Group (71,25%) and Smart-Holding (23,75%) which jointly run the Company.

 METINVEST HOLDING LLC – the holding company of the Metinvest Group.