LOI Thermprocess has agreed a contract from Russian steel company NLMK.

It will supply an HPH bell-type annealing plant, which includes 23 annealing bases, 12 gas-fired heating hoods and 10 cooling hoods including all the necessary ancillary facilities for the company’s Lipetsk plant.

A total of 40 outmoded, inefficient HNx bell-type furnaces are to be replaced with a view to significantly increasing production and improving material quality.

The project is to be implemented in two stages, with the first stage due for completion in the first quarter of 2013 and the second in the third quarter of 2013.

The new HPH bell-type annealing furnaces will be used to anneal cold-rolled coils of low-carbon and low-alloy thin sheet up to 1850mm wide and a maximum thickness of 2.6mm.

Each base will have a maximum stack height of 5600mm and a maximum stack weight of 150t. The capacity of the entire plant is to be 480kt/y.