Qatar Steel is setting up a 1.1Mt/y plant at Mesaieed, Qatar to boost its production in response to rising steel demand in the domestic market and in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.

The plant will be located next to the existing Qatar Steel plants in Mesaieed, and is expected to be commissioned by the Q1 2013.

The plant will have Siemens VAI’s Ultra High Power 110t EAF, 110t Ladle Furnace and six strand High Speed Billet Caster coupled with a Fume Extraction System for zero emission.

The plant will be designed according to Siemens VAI’s ‘best technology’ in the field of steel plant machinery, equipment and automation.

It aims low investment, high productivity, production flexibility, low specific consumption cost and high quality products.

The agreement for the new plant was signed at Qatar Steel by company director/general manager Ali Hassan al-Muraiki and Norbert Petermaier, senior vice president of Siemens VAI.

Qatar Steel was formed in 1974 as the first integrated steel plant in the Arabian Gulf. Commercial production began in 1978 with the company becoming wholly owned by Industries Qatar (IQ) in 2003.