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www.ireng.org SUCCESSFUL MELTING FURNACE REPAIR FOR RUSAL


including curing. Repair works were performed on the lining of the furnace, the flue duct and the moving arch.


For the project a variety of techniques were used to install several of Seven’s unshaped and shaped products.


“This specific repair was of considerable scope and complexity, combining modern monolithics with traditional brick solutions where they are suitable”, explains Roman Cheglov, Managing Director of Seven Refractories


Russia. “For


this reason and because of the location, we conducted the repair as a cooperation between Seven Russia, Seven Asia from Kazakhstan, Refracon Russia and Refracon Asia.”


Maxim Glazunov, Managing Director of Seven Refractories


in Kazakhstan adds: “We are


especially pleased to perform such an important repair together with our Russian colleagues and with the Refracon teams. Cooperations like these show that we have a lot to offer to clients in our region.”


Rusal, long-term satisfied client of Seven


Refractories, has entrusted the company again with a large repair. A 20-ton melting furnace in


a Rusal factory in the city of Krasnoyarsk was successfully repaired.


In total, the repair project amounted to 30 days


The repair was completed to the full satisfaction of the client who has already taken the furnace back on line.


LIBERTY BEGINS MULTI-MILLION-POUND NEWPORT ROLLING MILL INVESTMENT


Liberty Steel Newport, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance, has begun a planned £15m investment in new and upgraded


equipment as it


continues a drive to win bigger UK market share for hot rolled coil, used in industries such as construction, automotive and pipe manufacture.


The 180-worker South Wales plant, re-opened by Liberty in 2015 following closure by previous owners, is doubling coil production this year to nearly 370,000 tonnes and is targeting further growth in 2019, aiming to displace foreign imports that currently take around 50% of the domestic market.


This week the firm is completing the first phase of the investment which is the installation of advanced descaling equipment to further improve the surface quality of the product, along with additional automation to increase process efficiency. There are plans to install further equipment in the coming months to achieve more product quality and internal efficiency


improvements. Operations


director Tony


Halbert said: “We’re greatly encouraged by the progress we’ve been making at the mill and these investments will put us in an even stronger position to serve existing and new customers in the UK and overseas.”


Planning work and front-end engineering is also continuing at Newport for a much larger investment involving


the installation of an electric arc


furnace and casters for liquid steelmaking and slab production at the site. These processes will be powered by renewable energy under Liberty’s GREENSTEEL strategy.


Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of the GFG Alliance said: “Newport was the group’s first steel producing asset so it’s very satisfying to see it continuing to make great strides forward as a highly-valued part of the global GFG business. We’re looking forward to delivering our big ambitions for the site.”


16 ENGINEER THE REFRACTORIES September 2018 Issue


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