A new section-mill based on technology supplied by GE’s Power Conversion business has been tested and commissioned and will enter commercial service by the end of this year at the Kunsteel steel mill in China’s Yunnan Province.

The project will help the Kunsteel mill meet a growing demand for section steel to support the construction of tall buildings in China’s largest cities.

Located in Anning City near Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan, the project features the first line to produce section steel for the construction industry in Southwest China. Kunsteel is a holding company of Wuhan Iron and Steel Group, one of the largest iron and steel companies in China. The project was executed by a team including GE’s Power Conversion unit in Shanghai and Converteam Wuhan Automation Co., Ltd. (CONWAC), a joint venture between Converteam and Wisco Engineering & Technology Group Co., Ltd.

These localized engineering, production and services helped keep project costs down and speeded up delivery as well as enhancing communication between the project participants.

GE supplied electrical automation equipment and a new drive system for Kunsteel. The cold-load testing of the new production line was completed in just 12 days—which GE believes is a record for testing this type of automation and drive system.

GE acquired Power Conversion (then known as Converteam) in September 2011. GE’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electric transformation of the world’s energy infrastructure.