Two relocated Corex ironmaking plants from Siemens have been commissioned in India.

Two Corex C-2000 plants originally supplied by Siemens VAI Metals Technologies were relocated from South Korea to India and commissioned at Essar Steel’s Hazira steelworks.

The plants are designed for 1.7Mt/y production and have been modernised by Siemens with new equipment and automation systems. Nominal hot metal production capacity was achieved within one week after start-up.

Corex export gas is used to produce DRI at the company's No 5 and No 6 direct-reduction plants, as well as for heating applications throughout the steelworks.

The Corex plants were started up on September 9, 2011 (Module 1) and December 18, 2011 (Module 2). Each plant produces approximately 2400t of hot metal per day.

Already with the first heat following the start-up of Module 1, 236t of high-quality hot metal were tapped and processed to steel in the adjacent Steelmaking Plant No 1 of Essar Steel.