Metalloinvest has launched modernized blast furnace No 2 at Ural Steel, undertaken at an investments of 2.5 billion rubles. The main process equipment supplier is Danieli Corus. In comparison with a traditional blast furnace, the advantage of blast furnace No 2 is the ability to operate on a charge using up to 95% of iron ore pellets in the charge. The maximum productivity of the new furnace is up to 760 thousand tonnes of pig iron per year. The warranty period without costly overhauls is more than 15 years. The patented technology of the lining and cooling system allows, in the event of a burnout of a copper horizontal refrigerator, to quickly replace it without a long stoppage of the furnace. Blast furnace No 2 is also equipped with an expert system for analyzing and regulating the technological process, which makes it possible to determine the optimal technological regime and control blast furnace smelting in an automatic mode, controlling and analyzing many parameters.Metalloinvest's large-scale investment project is being implemented as part of the strategic comprehensive program for the development of Ural Steel. Its activities will improve the efficiency of the enterprise and reduce the burden on the environment. The Company plans to start reconstruction of blast furnace No 3 in February 2021.