The two companies started their co-operation in 1998 with the supply by Tenova of the first Consteel® in Europe
ORI Martin, one of the main European integrated steel groups which produces high-quality steel for the automotive, fastener, mechanical and building sectors, has awarded Tenova a new contract to replace its Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) at its mill in Brescia (Italy). The partnership between the companies began in 1998, when ORI Martin commissioned Tenova’s Consteel® EAF, making it the first Consteel® in Europe at the time. It remains the most sustainable technology for melting steel on the market to date. The revamping of ORI Martin’s EAF highlights the group’s ongoing commitment to evolve and innovate in its pursuit of a sustainable steel sector.
In 2015, after more than 15 years of production, Tenova was contracted to modernize the Consteel® unit, as well as install a heat recovery system on the primary off-gas line exiting the new Consteel® to recover the available thermal energy in the off-gas to produce steam. The iRecovery® system has since been successfully supplying thermal energy to Brescia's district heating grid during the winter season and feeding an ORC turbo-generator to produce electric energy for ORI Martin's internal needs. In 2019, ORI Martin and Tenova joined forces once again for the "Acciaio_4.0" Lighthouse Plant, a pioneering project, supported by the Italian Smart Factory Cluster, focused on integrating Industry 4.0 technologies into the steelmaking process, resulting in the creation of a Cyber Physical Factory.
The new agreement for the revamping of the 25-year-old EAF allows ORI Martin to complete the modernization of their facility, optimizing consumption and processes to achieve the safe production of steel with minimal environmental impact.
The Brescia plant will be prepared for the installation of an Electro-Magnetic Stirrer using Tenova's Consteerrer® process, which will enhance process efficiency. The Consteerrer® technology, developed through an exclusive worldwide partnership with ABB, is an innovative electro-magnetic stirring system that boasts low operating costs, ensures exceptionally reliable and safe operations, and yields high-quality steel. By incorporating ABB's ArcSave® non-contact electromagnetic stirring of the furnace's liquid bath, the Consteerrer® enhances the Consteel® Evolution process and can also be tailored to suit the specific requirements of various steps in the EAF process.
Start-up of the new furnace is scheduled for June 2024.
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