ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik awarded €3bn contract

ThyssenKrupp Steel has awarded ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik a contract to supply RMH technology and systems for a steel plant to be built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

ThyssenKrupp CSA Companhia Siderúrgica is building an integrated metallurgical plant comprising two blast furnaces, an oxygen steel mill, two continuous casting plants, a coking plant, a power plant and an independent port in the Bay of Sepetiba, Rio de Janeiro. The plant is estimated to cost €3bn.

This is the biggest contract undertaken by ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik since 2000. As well as the lead Brazilian company, ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik Latino Americana, ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik, St. Ingbert, Germany and ThyssenKrupp Robins, Denver, USA are also involved in the project.

The contract includes the engineering, delivery and installation of the jetty conveyors, all 37 other conveyor belts and transfer towers, the five bucket-wheel stackers/reclaimers (S/R’s) and all of the electrical engineering on site.

Raw materials such as iron ore, coal, coke, pellets and additives will be transferred to the storage yards via conveyer belts and then onward to the blast furnaces by the S/R machines.

The five large S/R machines are being built in China and will be delivered to the site in several shipments. The units are fitted with mechanical and electrical components sourced from Europe, USA, and Brazil.

The conveyor belts and transfer towers will be built in Brazil, and all the electrical and control systems supplied by ThyssenKrupp Robins will be largely sourced from Brazilian.

By 2009, the plant is expected to produce five million tons of steel per year and at its peak, the site will employ a workforce of 1,500.