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Tenova takes Consteel technology to Ecuador

Ecuador – Tenova Core, part of the US-based Tenova Iron & Steel Division, has completed the installation of a Consteel system for Ecuadorian steelmaker Andec at its Guayaquil works, claiming it to be the world’s most compact system of its type.

The Consteel technology preheats and continuously feeds scrap and other raw materials directly into the electric arc furnace via a patented conveying system through the furnace sidewall. The system is central to the ‘micro-mill’ project currently taking place at the Andec facility, which produces reinforcing bar.

This is the second Consteel installation in South America, according to Tenova. In addition to the Andec project, a second Consteel system is currently being installed in Ecuador and will be commissioned in 2013.

The company believes that this success in South America can be attributed to the ‘environmental and productivity features of Consteel technology in an area where the electrical power grid and power demand may not always permit the installation or improvements of conventional electric arc furnaces’. 

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