Abinsk Electric Steel Works, a leading Russian producer of rebar and other long steel products, is to modernise its electric arc furnace (EAF), ladle furnace and six-strand continuous billet caster.

According to Primetals Technologies, the company contracted to do the work, the aim of the modernisation programme is to ‘increase the production capacity of billets with cross sections of 130mm and 150mm from 0.95 to 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum’.

It is claimed that the company will be able to produce more quality steel grades, such as high carbon steel for wire and spring steel.

Primetals claims that the new technology to be used in the modernisation of the Russian minimill will increase the availability of the steel works and decrease maintenance costs. Conversion costs will also be ‘substantially lowered’ and the energy requirement of the EAF will be reduced from 410 to 370kWh/metric ton.

Abinsk’s meltshop will be operational at the end of 2016 and the continuous billet caster in the first quarter of 2017.

Abinsk Electric Steel Works runs an electrical steelworks and two rolling mills in the Krasnodar region in South Russia at Rajon Abinsk.