Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received orders to modernise EAF’s at both the Saudi Iron and Steel Company (Hadeed) and Finnish steel producer Outokumpu.

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received orders to modernise EAF’s at both the Saudi Iron and Steel Company (Hadeed) and Finnish steel producer Outokumpu.

Both plants will be equipped with a new hydraulic system which will improve the efficiency, availability and productivity of the furnaces. The projects are scheduled to be finished in autumn 2010 and by the end of 2011 respectively.

Electric Arc Furnace No 1 in Hadeed's steel works in Al-Jubail and Electric Arc Furnace No 1 in Outokumpu's stainless steel works in Tornio will each be fitted with a new hydraulic system, lifting columns for the carbon electrodes and current-conducting electrode arms.

The hydraulic system will shorten the melting times of the furnaces, increasing efficiency and productivity and reducing operating costs.