Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais S.A. (Usiminas) has awarded the contract for the replacement of BOF Converter No. 5 of BOF Shop No. 2 at their 4.8 mtpa Ipatinga integrated steelworks to Danieli Corus. This contract is a repeat order after the contract for the replacement of BOF Converter No. 4 in 2018 and marks the eleventh converter revamp project for Danieli Corus since 2014.
The new 180 tonne converter will be equipped with the patented suspension system based on a vertical Lamella arrangement in combination with horizontal Daniella elements, an air cooling system for the barrel part of the vessel and water–based cooling for the vessel’s top cone. A Q–Temp 2.0 temperature monitoring system and EIC/Automation packages will also be installed as part of this revamp project. The first heat with the new converter is scheduled for 2023.