https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
Automation|Coal|Efficiency|Energy|Environment|Gas|Manufacturing|PROJECT|Safety|Shell|SMS|SMS Group|Steel|Sustainable|System|Testing|Training|Maintenance|Manufacturing |Operations
Automation|Coal|Efficiency|Energy|Environment|Gas|Manufacturing|PROJECT|Safety|Shell|SMS|SMS Group|Steel|Sustainable|System|Testing|Training|Maintenance|Manufacturing |Operations
automation|coal|efficiency|energy|environment|gas|manufacturing|project|safety|shell|sms|sms-group|steel|sustainable|system|testing|training|maintenance|manufacturing-industry-term|operations

SMS group to build new electric arc furnace for SSAB for fossil-free steel production

1st December 2023

     

Font size: - +

This article has been supplied as a media statement and is not written by Creamer Media. It may be available only for a limited time on this website.

SMS group has secured the contract from Nordic steelmaker SSAB to engineer, deliver and construct a new electric arc furnace (EAF) for steelmaking at SSAB’s site in Oxelösund, Sweden. 

The scope of supply includes a 190-ton Alternate Current-Electric Arc Furnace (AC-EAF) capable of processing various raw materials, including fossil-free Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) or Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI), and scrap. With an upper shell diameter of 9.3 meters, the new EAF is one of the largest installations in the world for similar applications, and it will help SSAB to scale up the decarbonization of its production processes.

SSAB is revolutionizing steelmaking with two unique steels with virtually zero fossil carbon emissions: SSAB Fossil-free and SSAB Zero. 

SSAB Zero is based on recycled steel and SSAB Fossil-free is based on sponge iron reduced with hydrogen instead of coke coal. Both are heated in EAFs powered by fossil-free electricity and other fossil-free fuels. SSAB’s ambition is to be a virtually fossil-freecompany in around 2030.

SMS will supply all automated features including the slag handling and Eccentric Bottom Tapping (EBT) operations, the advanced electrode control X-Pact® SynReg, which, together with advanced robotics applications, such as the X-Pact® Sampler, ensure operational safety as well as better precision and productivity without human intervention. 

The automation system for the new plant is setup in the X-Pact® Plug & Work test center from SMS in Germany, connected with a virtual process and production simulation. This concept of integration testing allows for a shorter ramp-up, high product quality and a stable production environment. During the X-Pact® Plug & Work integration test, SMS experts will provide training for SSAB's personnel. 

The implemented process control and automation ensures a reliable "tap-to-tap time" (t-t-t), resulting in lower energy consumption and high production efficiency. The new EAF will produce high-quality liquid steel, facilitating SSAB's smooth transition from the integrated route to the electric route without significant disruptions. Side-wall burners, lime/carbon injectors and off-gas analyzers guarantee optimized chemical energy utilization.

The scope of supply further includes an unparalleled yard management system for plant-wide raw material handling with efficient tracking and noise reduction thanks to an exceptionally large number of special containers. The project also represents an extensionorder to the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), which is currently been implemented at SSAB by SMS.

In addition, SMS group's digital twin for SSAB, which includes Genius CM and DataXpert, will provide the digital representation of the EAF and serve as a central interface for predictive maintenance.

“The collaboration between both companies represents a pioneering step towards a sustainable and environmentally conscious steel industry. By integrating innovative technologies and using fossil-free materials, the companies are demonstrating their commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and leading the industry towards a greener future,” said Olaf Stalfort, Chief Sales Officer Region Europe for SMS group.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

Comments

Showroom

Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East

Weir Minerals Europe, Middle East and Africa is a global supplier of excellent minerals solutions, including pumps, valves, hydrocyclones,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Condra Cranes
Condra Cranes

ISO-certified Condra manufactures overhead cranes, portal cranes, cantilever cranes and crane components: hoists, drives, end-carriages, brakes and...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Magazine video image
Magazine round up | 01 March 2024
1st March 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.313 0.365s - 164pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now