Steel production doubled in Turkey between 2001 and 2010 and new projects being launched to establish new steel capacities and modernise existing ones.

They will allow Turkey to face strong domestic consumption and answer the high international demand for its steel products.

GE Energy’s Power Conversion business was recently awarded a contract for the supply of electrical and automation equipment at Posco Assan TST’s Cold Rolling Mill facility in Turkey.

Posco Assan TST is a joint venture between Turkey’s Kibar Holding and South Korean companies Daewoo and Posco. It will build a new stainless steel mill plant in Izmit, Turkey. This plant aims to meet 40% of Turkey’s demand for stainless steel.

Power Conversion was selected to supply electrical and automation equipment for two new 64-inch Sendzimir Cold Rolling Mills for this facility.

GE will provide in-house manufactured induction motors fed by Power Conversion MV7000 Medium Voltage drives, low voltage drives and Level 1 automation process, including thickness, flatness and tension controls.

The mills are scheduled to enter into production in H1 2013 and will have a capacity of 200kt/y. They will be dedicated to roll hot rolled coils for the production of ferritic stainless steel materials. The plant’s capacity could rise to 400kt/y in a second phase.

In addition to this contract, Power Conversion recently won another order for electrical equipment for hot rolling mills in Turkey.