Kardemir has halted its blast furnace no.4 and oxygen converter no.2 in order to carry out work on increasing crude steelmaking capacity, Kallanish learns from the firm.
The BF revamp is scheduled for completion after 106 days, while the converter is being upgraded from a 90-tonne unit to 120-t. Lime plant capacity will also be raised to 425 tonnes/day from the current 260 t/d. The firm also plans to commission the new continuous caster no.4 in October.
In 2018 Kardemir produced 2.41 million tonnes of liquid steel. Once the three units are revamped and back on line, capacity will be increased to 2.9m tonnes/year and the firm will increase shipments of billet and finished product. The ultimate aim is to increase crude steelmaking capacity to 3.5m t/y.
In March Kardemir begun production of 52mm diameter wire rod, the thickest produced in Turkey (see Kallanish passim). The firm is planning to add new steel grades to its rebar and wire rod mill in 2019 and also aims to start commercial production at its new railway wheel plant.
Kardemir has also reduced its 12-32mm dia rebar price for the local market by TRY 145/tonne ($25) from its previous, 20-May price list to TRY 2,745/t ($471) ex-works excluding VAT (see separate article).