Mexican steel producer AHMSA has awarded a major project to Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) for the expansion of their meltshop and plate-production facilities in
The order comprises the supply of steelmaking, dedusting and casting facilities in addition to the modernisation and conversion of the existing plate mill into a Steckel mill.
When the project is complete in mid-2009, AHMSA will be able to increase its current production of plates from 500,000 t/a to 1,000,000 t/a.
AHMSA, located in
To further strengthen their dominant position in the regional steel market, AHMSA decided to increase crude steel production by approximately 1.2 million t/a, which will also allow the output of plates and coils to be increased to 1,000,000 t/a.
Siemens was awarded the contract for the design, engineering and supply of a 150-ton electric arc furnace capable of producing 1.2 million t/a steel, a 150-ton ladle furnace, an alloy/additive system, dedusting facilities, a single-strand, dynamic soft reduction slab caster capable of casting 96” (2,438 mm) wide slabs, the conversion and modernisation of the existing plate mill into a Steckel mill in addition to the automation systems, media supply (electrical and water supply) and training.
The contract for the meltshop extension will be carried out by Siemens VAI Metals Technologies. Linz/Austria and Siemens VAI Metals Technologies UK Limited will supply the Steckel mill.