Russian steelmaker NLMK has replaced the screening equipment at its Novolipetsk sintering plant with new high-efficiency screeners that boost the quality of raw materials used in blast furnace operations.

The end result will be a reduction in the cost of pig iron production due to reduced consumption of expensive pellets and furnace coke.

Konstantin Lagutin, vice president for investment projects at NLMK, said that the use of the new equipment will ‘noticeably boost the efficiency of hot-end operations that account for up to 80% of steel production costs.’

“This is one of many Strategy 2017 projects that allow NLMK to increase productivity, cut costs, ensure high product quality and remain one of the most efficient and competitive companies in the world,” said Lagutin.

Screening iron ore raw materials is necessary in order to obtain high quality sinter.