Russian steelmaker NLMK Group has contracted US-based Tenova Inc to design and supply a 395 metric tons/hour walking beam furnace for reheating slabs at its Sharon plant in Pennsylvania.

According to Tenova, the size of the furnace will make it one of the largest walking beam furnaces in North America upon completion. Tenova claims it has the experience and expertise to deliver a walking beam furnace of this magnitude.

“The new fuel-efficient furnace will be equipped with Tenova’s state-of-the-art Flexytech low NOx burners. Tenova will also design and supply the complete control and automation package that features an advanced thermal model-based Level 2 control system,” the company said.

Start-up of the furnace is scheduled for 2018.