PAO Severstal Russia has chosen CMI as the supplier of its new high-performance hot-dip galvanizing line and colour coating line to be installed at its Cherepovets plant in Russia.

The Cherepovets Steel Mill is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel mills and part of the Russian Steel division of Severstal, a leading global steel and steel-related mining company.

CMI has been contracted to supply engineering, procurement and construction services for key production and processing equipment at the new coated steel plant.

In June, Severstal awarded CMI Industry Metals a contract for a hot-dip galvanising line (HDG) and a colour coating line (CCL) producing 400kt/yr and 200kt/yr respectively, and reaching process speeds of 180 m/min and 120 m/min.

According to CMI, "With this project the Russian steelmaker will not only significantly increase its output of higher added value products, but also its share of Russia’s apparent consumption."

Cherepovets, says CMI, is a strategically and economically important complex where galvanised and colour-coated strip destined for the construction and white goods industries will be produced in a record-breaking time frame by April 2017.

The new lines are aiming for a high level of operating efficiency and eco-friendliness and feature the full spectrum of CMI’s process technologies: Multi-stage cleaning sections and ultra-low emission furnaces, claims CMI, adding that the HDG line also features a CMI-patented jet cooling system with energy recovery, Air-Knife and APC Blowstab low vibration cooling system as well as an inline skin pass mill and tension leveller, chemical roll-coat post treatment, and rotary exit shear. Other essential components of the CCL line are its four coaters – a chemcoater, a prime coater, and two finish coaters – as well as the latest generation of strip loopers, which guarantee smooth strip travel, says CMI.

CMI claims that it can look back on many years of successful and trustful co-operation with Severstal. "As such this is the fourth galvanising line that the Severstal Group has entrustd to CMI Industry Metals over the past 10 years," the company said.