Russian steel producer Tulachermet has awarded Danieli Corus with an order for a new top-charging unit for the blast furnace 3 at the integrated steel plant in Tula. The furnace will be upgraded to chute-based charging as part of a modernization project, preparing it for a next campaign at increased productivity and efficiency. The DANCU distributor will be the core part of the new burdening system. This type of distributor was developed based on hydraulic design with the objective of reducing maintenance time and complexity. Redundancy and the use of failure-free components have led to a marked increase in furnace availability. The reduction in the number of moving parts makes this charging unit the most robust design available. It is the only design with a proven capability of charging hot sinter with temperatures up to 700 degree Celsius.The upgraded blast furnace #3 is scheduled to be put back in operation in 2022 with a design productivity of 6000 tonnes of hot metal per day.