Tianjin Iron & Steel Group has awarded LOI Thermprocess a contract for the installation of an HPH bell-type annealing plant for annealing cold-rolled steel coils.

The contract covers the supply of 17 bases, eight heating hoods and nine cooling hoods with water spray cooling. The furnaces are to be designed for annealing stacks with weights of up to 125t, heights up to 5400 mm and coil outer diameters of 2100 mm. The entire plant in Tianjin, China will have an annual capacity of 308kt. Steel qualities from CO to DDQ are to be treated.

The new plant will be equipped with a Siemens S7-300 PLC control system and an advanced ProView control computer system. Commissioning of the annealing plant is scheduled for August 2010. Thermprocess is a company of Italimpianti Tenova.