German steel producer Salzgitter has announced the successful completion of a substantial modernization of Blast Furnace A.

According to the company, this marks a critical step in its SALCOS programme, an initiative designed to transition to low CO2 steel production by 2033. The extensive modernization project took place over 100 days and involved a full overhaul of the blast furnace.

With an investment total exceeding €100 million, the contemporary upgrade involved the renewal of the refractory lining with 3kt of carbon bricks, updates to the process and control technology, and general functionality improvements.

"This relining provides us and our customers and partners the security we need to continue to consistently drive the transformation of steel production forward.''

Ulrich Grethe, chairman of the management board of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH

Ulrich Grethe, chairman of the management board of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, explained: "This relining provides us and our customers and partners the security we need to continue to consistently drive the transformation of steel production forward. Based on a secure basic supply of pig iron, we will complete the next steps of SALCOS® - Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking."

''Such an extremely complex project can only succeed thanks to the co-operative interaction of many committed experts.''

Gerd Baresch, managing director, technology, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH

Gerd Baresch, managing director, technology, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, commented: "We would like to thank all of our company's employees and our partner companies for their commitment. Such an extremely complex project can only succeed thanks to the co-operative interaction of many committed experts. We have now made Blast Furnace A fit for its final production cycle."

Blast furnace A went was originally commissioned in 1977 and has been relined several times. The blast furnace has an annual capacity of around 2Mt of pig iron.