Group of companies Metinvest businessman Rinat Akhmetov plans to transfer the technology of pulverized coal injection (PCI) in two blast furnaces at the steelworks Azovstal. This was stated by Metinvest CEO Yury Ryzhenkov, reports UAprom.
“Metinvest has completed the construction of PCI on the blast furnace No. 4 at Azovstal and plans to implement this technology at BF No. 2 and BF No. 3 plant,” said Ryzhenkov.
According to him, all the steel mills of Metinvest use the new PCI technology, which allows to refuse from natural gas in a liquid redistribution, to reduce coke consumption and reduce the cost of production of pig iron.
At the same time, Ryzhenkov noted that the loss of coal in the temporarily occupied territory of Donbass and limited access to Ukrainian suppliers of coal has forced Metinvest to increase purchases of raw materials from Australia, Canada and the United States.
“While we continue to with our American coal mines of United Coal, leaving on a certain level of self-sufficiency in premium coals for coking,” said Ryzhenkov.
We will remind, earlier it was reported that DTEK, also owned by Akhmetov, has planned the transition to the use of gas coal in the Dnieper TPP to minimize the procurement of anthracite.