Ecolant Selects SIAD Macchine Impianti for Air Separation Unit
Russian Green Steel entrant Ecolant has chosen the Italian company SIAD Macchine Impianti as a supplier of an air separation unit for Russia's first electrometallurgical complex for the production of green steel, which is being built in the city of Vyksa in Nizhny Novgorod region. The air separation plant will produce technical gases, nitrogen, oxygen and argon, in liquid and gaseous form, getting them from the air. These components are required for the production of direct reduced iron and electric arc furnaces. It is planned that the air separation unit at the future production in Vyksa will be launched in 2023, ensuring the commissioning of a steel production complex with DRI technology in a few years. Until this moment, SIAD MI specialists will provide support at the stage of installation and commissioning of equipment.
The Ecolant project in the Nizhny Novgorod region is one of the largest investment projects in the Russian metallurgy, launched in the fall of 2020. Investments in the company are estimated at 150 billion rubles. Production is scheduled to start in 2025. The future plant will produce steel from iron ore and natural gas using the Direct Reduced Iron method. For the first time in Russia, an iron ore-steel technology will be presented at one production site with continuous supply of hot reduced pellets to an arc steelmaking furnace, and the resulting steel for out-of-furnace processing and casting. This will be the first such plant in Europe.
Ecolant will produce high-quality metal in the form of billets and slabs for the production of large diameter pipes for trunk pipelines, wide sheets for shipbuilding, seamless pipes for oil production and railroad wheels. The main consumer of the complex's products will be the plant of the United Metallurgical Company in Vyksa.
Ecolant is a metallurgical complex without coke-chemical and blast-furnace conversion, therefore it will not have emissions associated with the production of coke, sinter and pig iron. As a result, the emissions of carbon dioxide and sulfur oxide will be up to three times lower than with traditional converter steelmaking. This is an important step in reducing the negative impact of metallurgical production on the environment.