Vietnam’s leading steelmaker Hoa Phat has fired up its No 4 blast furnace at its Dung Quat complex at Quan Ngai province of Vietnam on January 6, the last of four new furnaces to come online. Hoa Phat had fired up the first two of its four blast furnaces in June and November 2019 respectively and the third in August 2020. The four blast furnaces have a 1080 cubic meters working volume and are designed for an annual production of 1 million tonnes per year of hot metal each. With all furnaces in operation, the complex will have a maximum production capacity of about 4 million tonnes per year.
Danieli Corus was awarded a contract for the design, supply and supervision of four Greenfield blast furnaces Hoa Phat Steel in August 2017. The furnaces are equipped with the Danieli Corus high conductivity cooling and lining design based on copper plate coolers combined with graphite and silicon carbide refractories. The scope of the project also included the hot blast mains, bustle mains, tuyere assemblies, level 2 automation systems and pulverized coal injection systems.
The final blast furnace put in play since its establishment in February 2017, adds on to the group’s total asset to six blast furnaces, one electric arc furnace, and one induction furnace. Hoa Phat produced more than 5 million tonnes of crude steel in 2020, almost doubling from 2.8 million tonnes in 2019. As per media reports “Once the furnace is operating stably, the group’s total crude steel output will reach 8 million tonnes per year, making Hoa Phat the largest steel producer in Vietnam.”