Metalloinvest has launched new medium pressure steam boilers at Ural Steel’ combined heat and power plant. The company’s investment in the project amounted to more than 3 billion roubles. The modernization of the Ural Steel CHP plant creates a powerful energy complex with a total capacity of 440 tonnes of steam per hour. The boilers operate on natural gas, coke oven gas and blast-furnace gas, with each generating up to 144 giga calories per hour. The heat energy production volume has doubled, while ensuring the required quality of steam for Ural Steel’s divisions. The modern units have a high level of efficiency, and will help to reduce maintenance costs and harmful impact on the environment.
The new heating plant project included the launch of the main control room, chemical laboratory, electrical section and automated process control system. The installation of new pumping equipment, live steam pipelines, feed and treated water, main steam pipelines and gas pipelines was also carried out.
Water Purification Facility No 3 has been reconstructed and a unique automated unit for the production of purified water was installed. The electrical equipment of the communication transformer No. 2 was replaced. The boilers are fully automated and controlled by one person using a computer. Employees of the CHP plant received additional training on how to work effectively with the new equipment.
At the next stage of the CHP plant’s renovation, the design and construction of a medium pressure turbine generator with a capacity of up to 60 megawatts will be commissioned, which will work in conjunction with the new boilers. There are also future plans to successively replace five high-pressure boilers, turbine generators and air compressors.