Latvia – Latvian rebar producer Liepajas Metalurgs completed the refurbishment of its melt-shop on schedule in early December. The revamped complex will increase the company’s production capacity by 80% and also lower production costs, according to a report from Steel Business Briefing.
The modernised melt-shop – featuring a new 1.3 million-tonnes-per-annum electric arc furnace (EAF), a scrap pre-heating system and a 100-tonne ladle furnace – was started up on December 6; the EAF has been operating since August. The investment programme also included a water treatment plant, a de-dusting plant and a 110 kW substation. The EAF can process 80 000 tonnes of scrap per month. The company has invested in scrap-handling equipment, including six new bridge cranes to load scrap into buckets. It has also built roads to accommodate specialised scrap transporters.