The basic automation (level 1) and the process optimization (level 2) will be installed as a virtualized automation system on central, redundant servers, which will drastically reduce service costs, especially those for future upgrades. The new process automation will also optimize the coke consumption.
The new blast furnace #7 has a production capacity of 2.5 million t of pig iron p.a., and is intended to replace blast furnace #6, which is scheduled for overhaul. With an annual production of 4.9 million t of crude iron and 4.2 million t of steel, EVRAZ NTMK is one of the largest steel works in Russia. The integrated iron and steel works located in the city of Nizhniy Tagil in the Swerdlowsk Region of the Urals primarily produces train wheels, rails, structural steel, pipe blanks and semifinished products. Nizhniy Tagil is one of the oldest Russian steelmaking and mining centres.
(Source: Primetals Technologies, Limited)