Vietnamese steel maker Hoa Phat Dung Quat Steel has awarded Primetals Technologies with a contract for process and technology consulting services for their integrated steel plant in Dung Quat in Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam. According to Hoa Phat, the goal of the process and technology consulting services is "to study existing production performance and advice on possible improvements in product quality as well as on conversion cost reduction. Primetals Technologies experts will study the plant, produce a comprehensive process, equipment, and technology audit, present a plant performance evaluation regarding production and quality, and explore possible optimization areas to improve operational expenditure and increase Hoa Phat's competitiveness. Each recommended improvement will receive a priority ranking to support the Hoa Phat team in evaluating the proper measures and implementations to achieve higher performance.The facility was supplied a few years ago by third-party suppliers and includes a blast furnace, BOF-based meltshop and a thin slab casting and rolling plant for producing hot-rolled coils, which was started up in 2019.The basis of which is the ongoing cooperation in developing the new 6 million tonne per-year slab caster and 5.5 million tonne hot strip mill project, including the Through-Process Optimization quality control system and the Asset Life Expert ALEX intelligent digital assistant. At present, this significant project is in the advanced engineering phase.