MMK To Invest RUR 22bn in New Sintering Plant

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, January 18, 2018. Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) is almost done with the preparatory stage of putting up a new sintering plant, MMK Information, PR & Advertising Department reports.

Workers on the site are busy driving piles, laying foundations, and assembling the metal frameworks. The assembly of the basic technological equipment is expected to begin in March.

The sintering plant, which will improve the sintered ore quality considerably and will reduce the plant’s environmental impact, will require some RUR 22bn in total investments.

‘The construction jobs began in December 2016. Power Substation 68 was the first capital construction facility we put up on the site. The station is now approximately 90% ready for wiring. The facility will get connected to a high-voltage main in late January or early February, so it will be ready to deliver extra voltage to the sintering plant’s construction site by the end of February. For now, our workers rely on a temporary electric power source. They are busy finishing the interiors of the administration building, putting up external engineering infrastructure, and building a loop road and a branch railway. Some 2,500,000 kg of equipment delivered by the Chinese company Sinosteel arrived at MMK warehouses in December 2017; the total amount of the necessary equipment to be supplied altogether comes to 22,000,000 kg. The equipment assembly will most likely begin in March, starting with Sinter Machines 1 and 2,’ the Department says.

The new sintering plant (estimated capacity: 5.5m tons of stabilized sintered ore a year) is expected to get launched at the end of 2019.


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