NLMK launches upgraded BOF number two at Lipetsk

Russian steelmaker NLMK Lipetsk, the flagship site of NLMK Group, has relaunched its basic oxygen furnace No.2. Following an overhaul, the steelmaking facility now has a capacity of over 3Mt/yr.

The replacement of BOF-2 is stage one in a large-scale, multi-million dollar overhaul of NLMK Lipetsk's steelmaking operations. The next stage is scheduled to begin in May 2020, and will cover the overhaul of a similar capacity BOF-3.

The launch of a new dust and gas collection system was tied in with the relaunch of the BOF. 

According to NLMK, steelmaking capacity upgrades will enable a 15% increase in the productivity of the shop, to 10Mt/yr. The steelmaker claims that more efficient gas treatment equipment will capture 99.9% of dust emissions, which is in line with best global practices.

The project, says NLMK, will also enable the use of BOF gas for energy generation at a new recovery co-generation plant planned for construction at NLMK Lipetsk.