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29 December 2010

NLMK’s Kaluga mini-mill to start installation of production facilities

NLMK’s Kaluga mini-mill, which is currently under construction, has embarked on the installation of main process equipment for its EAF Shop supplied by VAI SIEMENS (Austria).

The plant will receive equipment for its electric-arc furnace (EAF), ladle furnace (LF) and an 8-strand continuous casting machine (CCM) before the end of February 2011. The EAF will use an innovative steel-making technology "Ultimate" and will combine high specific electric power (more than 1 mWA/t) with a single-bucket EAF charging practice per one melt. A twin-stand ladle furnace will allow the treatment of steel in two ladles in different positions in turn.

Gas cleaning systems built with the latest available technologies will reduce emissions from the plant by at least 99%, cutting emissions to less than 2 kg/t steel; well below the average for integrated steel-making plants in Russia (25-35 kg/t) and the EU (15-18 kg/t). Furthermore, the Company is planning to install closed water circuits that will prevent industrial water from being discharged into water bodies. The adoption of these process solutions and the installation of up-to-date equipment not only ensures environmental safety for the whole production chain, but also results in high performance, energy efficiency and high product quality.

Main process equipment supplies for the rolling facilities are scheduled for 1H 2011. The light-section rolling mill will be supplied by SMS MEER.

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NLMK’s Kaluga Mini-mill is a next generation steelmaking company with world-class production levels. The Kaluga Mini-mill has been included into the list of priority investment projects as part of the Russian Steelmaking Industry Development Strategy until 2020. The construction of the mini-mill is an important line of development for NLMK's Long-Product Division. The aim of this project is to establish a state-of-the-art plant for the production of a wide range of metal products for construction, including reinforcing and profile bars. The plant’s design capacity is 1.5 mtpy of liquid steel and 0.9 to 1.5 mtpy of rolled products. Stages 1&2 are to be commissioned in 1H 2012. The EAF and rolling shops–the plant’s key facilities - are currently under construction. The construction of building structures for the main shops is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
NLMK-Long Products is a subsidiary that consolidates companies belonging to NLMK Group's Long Products Division since December 2009. NLMK-Long Products companies make up an integrated production chain from the collection and processing of ferrous scrap to the manufacture of downstream steel products – re-bar, wire rod and metalware. NLMK-Long Products key companies are NSMMZ in the Sverdlovsk Region (EAF and long products) and UZPS (metalware). Scrap, raw materials are represented by Vtorchermet NLMK – one of the largest associations of scrap-collecting companies in Russia operating in different regions of the country.