Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has secured a contract from ArcelorMittal’s Kryviy Rih, Ukraine steelworks.

The order is for secondary metallurgical equipment, a six-strand billet caster and auxiliary systems.

It also includes a service agreement under which Siemens VAI and DP Siemens Ukraine will provide services related to local supply and service contracts for construction and installation, and prepare the documentation required for approval by Ukrainian authorities.

The new plants are designed for an production of 1.4Mt/y of billets and are scheduled to come into operation in September 2011. Kryviy Rih has projected overall investment costs at $100M of which the Siemens VAI order is worth around €30M.

Jean Jouet, CEO of ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih, said: “Worldwide today more than 80% of long products are being produced using continuous casting technology. As our strategy is focused on modernization and efficiency improvement, we are moving to this modern technology.”

With the new billet line, Kryviy Rih plans to cut energy consumption and pollution emissions by 10% for each tonne of steel produced. At the same time, yield is to be increased by 10%.

The secondary metallurgical equipment included in the order comprises a new ladle furnace and complete alloying facilities, including the weighing and transport systems.

An integrated basic automation system (Level 1) for the furnace, alloying systems and dust-cleaning system will ensure optimal interaction between all plant components.

The ladle furnace will also be equipped with a Level 2 process-optimisation system allowing ArcelorMittal to produce a wider range of steel grades.