Mechel launches experimental ferronickel-producing
Southern Urals Nickel Plant OAO launched an
experimental industrial complex to produce ferronickel.
The complex’s launch is part of the reconstruction of the plant’s
smelting facilities, aimed at increasing production efficiency,
lowering production costs and dramatically reducing the volume
of waste released into the atmosphere. The new technology will
also allow the plant to significantly decrease operating costs
by excluding several expensive components from the technological
The 12-MW complex’s annual production capacity is some 4,900
tons of ferronickel, with an average 20 percent nickel content.
The 12-MW smelting complex was based on technical developments
employed for the ferroalloy industry and environmental protection.
In developing this project, Bateman Engineering B.V. used an
integrated approach, which made possible a combination of lower
production costs with higher metal extraction levels and improved
equipment endurance and reliability.
The experimental industrial complex’s total cost amounted to
approximately $41 million dollars.
Once the complex is launched, the plant will use a new technology
for producing ferronickel by smelting in electric furnaces, which
has no analogies in the world.
“Launching this industrial complex for ferronickel production
marks the beginning of the plant’s sweeping modernization. The
development strategy implemented by the plant is due to ensure
not only the present, but also the future for South Urals Nickel
Plant and dramatically improve the facility’s economical and
ecological parameters,” Mechel OAO’s chairman of the board of
directors, Igor Zyuzin, noted.