Luxembourg-based Paul Wurth, a member of SMS group, has signed an important contract with the South-Korean steelmaker POSCO for a new Coke Oven plant #6 at its Pohang steelworks. This order follows on from two successful projects have already completed in the past on behalf of PT. Krakatau POSCO in Indonesia and for their joint venture Companhia Siderúrgica de Pecèm in Brazil.

The contract, which was officially signed on 23 October 2020, includes engineering, the supply of refractories and key equipment as well as supervision services surrounding erection and commissioning of two new Coke Oven Batteries and a complete new Coke Oven Gas treatment plant.

Equipped with an under-jet heating system, the top-charged batteries will feature 48 ovens each with an oven chamber dimension of 7.6m in height and 20m in length. The batteries are designed to reach a total annual production of 1.5Mt of coke, while the Coke Oven Gas treatment and by-products plant is designed to treat a coke oven gas flow of 100,000 Nm3/h.

The latest project has a strong environmental aspect to it, thanks to in-house developed products such as Paul Wurth’s SOPRECO® system (Single Oven PREssure Control) for emission control and COKEXpert™ level-2 automation system for coke oven plants. These features will enable the customer to meet the highest standards in terms of coke productivity and quality, emission control, energy consumption, user friendliness and plant safety.

The start-up of the new Coke Oven Plant is expected in 2023.