ArcelorMittal Galati invested EUR 3 million to implement an upgrading project at the Steel Melting Shop, aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of the Plant. The new state-of-the-art vacuum pump from the Steel Melting Shop R.H. secondary metallurgy area will support the Company’s programme to improve the operations of the unit by providing a better treatment for the liquid steel and assuring predictability in supplying the necessary raw materials.
“A major aspect of our strategy is to increase the energy efficiency of our operations and, thus, to increase our competiveness at local and regional level”, said Bruno Ribo, Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Galati. “Not only that this investment will support our cost reduction strategy, but it will also increase the quality of the plates manufactured in Galati. Thus, we manage to continue increasing our competitiveness, consolidate our position in the region and respond to the demands of our customers.”
The vacuum pump is degassing the liquid steel and eliminating the Hydrogen, with positive effect in the quality of the final products, especially for plates. The former vacuum pump used high pressure steam – purchased externally – but the new one is using low pressure steam, produced internally, with excellent costs. Also, the new pump is degassing better and faster the liquid steel and brings immediate energy and financial savings. The equipment was supplied by “Danielli”. The investment is part of ArcelorMittal Europe’s “Energize” Project focused on reducing the energy consumption by 15% over the next five years, since its start. The action plan under this project covers a wide range of areas, from energy-efficient equipments and processes to office activities and involves all parts of the business, from operations, to maintenance, investment and purchasing.