Russia – Russian pipe producer TMK plans in 2013 to complete its project for the construction of the first electric arc furnace at its subsidiary Taganrog Metallurgical Works. The construction of the new 950,000 tonne capacity EAF-150 at Tagmet commenced in 2007 within the framework of TMK investment project of RUB 19 billion for the period up to 2014.
The new EAF-150, supplied by German plantmaker SMS Siemag, will allow Tagmet to close its three open-hearth furnaces with a total capacity of 600,000 tonnes per year and to increase its production, expand its steel production range and to improve steel quality. The new EAF, the ladle furnace, vacuum degasser and continuous billet caster will provide the full cycle of a modern steel-smelting complex at Tagmet which will fully cover the feedstock needs of its pipe facilities.
Currently, the general construction and design work for the EAF project are being carried out at Tagmet while the installation works are scheduled to begin in 2011.