ArcelorMittal Galati invested EUR 3 million to implement an upgrading project at the Steel Melting Shop, aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of the plant. The new state-of-the-art vacuum pump from the Steel Melting Shop R.H. secondary metallurgy area will support the company’s programme to improve the operations of the unit by providing a better treatment for the liquid steel and by assuring predictability in supplying the necessary raw materials.
The vacuum pump is degassing the liquid steel and eliminating the Hydrogen, with positive effect in the quality of the final products, especially for plates. The former vacuum pump used high pressure steam – purchased externally. According to a press release, the new one is using low pressure steam, produced internally. The equipment was supplied by one of the world’s largest suppliers of plants and equipment to the metal industry.
The investment is part of ArcelorMittal Europe’s “Energize” project focused on reducing the energy consumption by 15 percent over the next five years, since its start. The action plan under this project covers a wide range of areas, from energy-efficient equipments and processes to office activities and involves all parts of the business, from operations, to maintenance, investment and purchasing.
ArcelorMittal is a steel and mining company present in 60 countries. In 2014, ArcelorMittal had revenues of EUR 71.3 billion and crude steel production of 93.1 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 63.9 million tonnes.