ArcelorMittal Belgium Inaugurates Blast Furnace B in Ghent
ArcelorMittal Belgium has officially inaugurated its blast furnace B in Ghent, following a significant investment to renew the furnace, making it one of the world’s most modern and efficient blast furnaces, both in terms of productivity and CO2 emissions. The new blast furnace, that was given an optimal shape, was completely relined and is equipped with state of the art automation systems. This investment will further enable steelmaking to be at the heart of the circular economy and help the company lower CO2 emissions and achieve its climate objectives, through more efficient fuel consumption, through the recycling of wood waste and through the injection of waste gases as well as end-of-life plastics.
As part of the project, the design of the renewed blast furnace was optimised to make the blast furnace process more efficient, with expert teams from ArcelorMittal’s R&D centres in Spain and France working closely with ArcelorMittal Ghent. Thanks to the relining, blast furnace B is now one of the most advanced blast furnaces worldwide, with unrivalled productivity. The site’s Industrial IT, Automation and Model department led the automation aspect of the project, switching to a new PLC platform with a modern user interface and extensive diagnostic facilities (among other things on the basis of the measurement of temperature, pressure). The safety aspects were also thoroughly revised and enhanced. In addition, a new network infrastructure was put in place, the process computer software was adapted and the models optimised for controlling the new blast furnace. Around 5,000 tons of steel and 3,000 tons of refractory material were used for the blast furnace relining 265 kilometres of electric cables were drawn.
The relining of the blast furnace will play a significant role in reducing the site’s CO2 emissions and achieving its climate objectives, for example through more efficient fuel consumption. In addition, ArcelorMittal Belgium is committed to contributing to the EU’s ambitious climate objectives in the framework of The Green Deal. The Ghent relining project will contribute to ArcelorMittal Europe’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 compared with 2018.
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