LIBERTY Galati announced the completion of its EUR 13.5 million modernization of the Hot Stove No 1 which works with the steelworks Blast Furnace No 5. The modernisation programme will increase the performance and reduce the costs of the plant. The hot stove is a major piece of enabling equipment, with a height of over 40 meters, which ensures the preheating of air to a temperature of about 1,200 degrees Celsius before it is then blown into the Blast Furnace to support the smelting process. The new equipment is currently undergoing the final hot tests and was introduced into the flow process, after a successful ramp-up.
The stove uses state of the art technology which will ensure a significantly higher operational performance from Blast Furnace No 5 as well as improving costs, thanks to better energy efficiency. The modernisation work was performed by complex teams of suppliers from Romania, Luxembourg, Germany and Portugal, along with a team of specialists from the Plant including blast furnace operators, project managers, automation engineers and others.