Mechel Commissions First Stage of Wire Drawing Unit at Beloretsk
Leading Russian mining and metallurgical company Mechel Group has announced the launch of four drawing mills at the Beloretsk Iron and Steel Works for the production of import substitution wire. Equipment worth 220 million rubles was purchased as part of a project to modernize the steel wire and rope production of BMK. This is the first batch of equipment put into operation; a total of 12 mills will be installed under the project.
BMK began implementation of an investment project for the modernization of steel wire rope production in 2016. Its cost is 1.5 billion rubles, of which 750 million rubles concessional loan from the Industrial is Development Fund of the Russian Federation. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023. It provides for a large-scale technical re-equipment of steel wire workshops with the installation of new drawing machines and auxiliary equipment, as well as the reconstruction of water circulation cycles and the installation of a new wastewater treatment plant for steel wire rope production.
All new lines are equipped with a mechanical system for descaling wire rod (wire blanks). This will make it possible to abandon the chemical method of processing its surface and to gradually close the pickling departments in a number of steel wire shops of the plant.
The new wire drawing machines will be used to produce low-carbon and high-carbon wire (billets for rope and spring wire). The total productivity of the four mills will be up to 50 thousand tons of products per year.