Company News TATA STEEL BLAST FURNACE GETS A BIG LIFT
A significant and visible milestone was met on the project to extend the life of Tata Steel’s Blast Furnace 5 in Port Talbot as the new downcomer was lifted and fixed into place.
Vital work is being carried out on the giant furnace – which has been running for the past 15 years producing almost 30 million tonnes of iron – to extend its life by five to seven years.
In a remarkable feat of engineering, the pipe weighing in at more than100t and measuring 180ft long was lifted into position by a 1000t crane. Incredibly, to fit the gap that had been left by the removal of the old downcomer, the new pipe had to be made and fitted within a tolerance of just 3mm.
The woman leading the project Rouha Hussaina said: “A great deal of planning and preparation was undertaken by our partners Mii, Primetals, Mammoet and our engineers and I am glad to see it executed as planned.
“To the passers-by it would appear to be a simple lift; however, a considerable amount of engineering was applied to accomplish the job in a safe and sound manner. Current technology including laser scanning and 3D-modelling and analysis was used to aid the lifting study. The downcomer was built in a remote location and transported using self- propelled modular transporters.”
The project, costing tens of millions of pounds and expected to take several months, will also see the waste gas and dust extraction system being replaced.
The Blast Furnace 5 life extension project is a critical part of Tata Steel’s long-term strategy to strengthen its operations in the UK and will underpin improvements throughout its UK supply chain. Confirmation of the investment came at the same time as the announcement in June of definitive agreements being signed by thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel to form a joint venture of their European steel businesses.
Tata Steel BF5 downcomer replacement
Watch the time-lapse video of the downcomer replacement https://www.tatasteeleurope.co
LANGLEY ALLOYS PARTNERS SANDVIK IN NORTH AMERICAN MARKET we are looking for in a partner.“
In addition to Sandvik SAF 2507®, the partnership will also focus on Sanmac® 2205 duplex stainless steel. The new generation of Sanmac® stainless steels helps to reduce tool wear and increase cutting speeds, providing machine shops with productivity improvements and significant cost reductions per produced item. By carefully controlling the non-metallic inclusions in Sanmac® steels such as sulfides to encourage easier machining, Sanmac® steels contain oxide inclusions that improve chip breaking and reduce tool wear.
Sandvik and Langley Alloys Inc extend existing partnership to now serve the USA market for duplex stainless steel solid bars
Sandvik (Sandvik Materials Technology) has appointed
Langley Alloys as its preferred
partner for the distribution of duplex and super duplex stainless steels to the NAFTA region. The companies have been partners in the UK market since September 2017. This latest development seeks to replicate the success of that arrangement, increasing the market penetration
of Sandvik’s high-performance
alloys. Langley Alloys developed the original high-strength super duplex Ferralium® 255 in the 1960’s and Sandvik-developed Sandvik
SAF 2507® super duplex alloy during the mid-1980’s. Therefore, both companies share a proud history in the development and supply of high-performance stainless steels. Consequently, this partnership brings together two originators of the duplex and super duplex alloy world.
Dave Shollock, Sales Manager NAFTA for Sandvik said “We have recently reviewed the role of our Houston warehouse and feel that partnering with Langley Alloys can improve the market penetration for Sandvik products. They operate a warehouse in nearby Conroe, Houston, as well as Portland, so have the reach, customer relationships and process capability
ENGINEER THE REFRACTORIES President of Langley Alloys
Inc added “By partnering with world-class producers such as Sandvik, we are able to extend the depth of our alloy stock range. Making Langley Alloys an unrivalled supplier in Duplex stainless steels in the USA, we will focus on stocking SAF® 2205, SAF2507®, Alloy 32760 and our own unique super duplex Ferralium® 255-SD50, with its higher strength (85ksi). These alloys, fully
by the likes of NORSOK, ASTM, ASME, PED and ABS provide high levels of performance in demanding applications, which we support with a competitive price and availability.”
Sandvik SAF 2507 and Sanmac are registered trademarks of Sandvik Intellectual Property AB. Ferralium and Hiduron are registered trademarks of Langley Alloys Ltd.
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