Indian Customers Rely on Paul Wurth for Improving BF Top Charging Performance

The Paul Wurth Group has recently booked an impressive number of orders for engineering and supply of its Bell Less Top® charging systems to be installed on existing and new blast furnaces for various customers throughout India.

JSW Steel Ltd. intend to modernize their ironmaking facilities and, therefore, ordered Paul Wurth MIDI BLT® systems for Blast Furnaces No. 1 and 2 (sized at 8 and 8.4 meters hearth diameter respectively) of the Vijayanagar Works at Toranagallu, Karnataka state. This BLT type features a new, more efficient water cooling concept for the main equipment. On No. 2 BF it will replace a so-called rotary charging unit.

As an alternative to another no-bell system and in order to ensure plant availability and performance, Essar Steel Ltd. has purchased Paul Wurth’s MIDI BLT® chute drive for the 10.5m diameter hearth furnace operating at its Hazira works, Gujarat state.

SAIL’s Durgapur Steel Plant in West Bengal will also use the market leader’s technology in the future. During its next capital repair, Blast Furnace No. 3 (with an 8.6m diameter hearth) will be upgraded from double bell charging to the Paul Wurth CF (Central Feed) BLT system, a type designed for mid-sized furnaces which has been successfully used in various SAIL plants for many years.

Equipment supply, installation and commissioning of all of the mentioned Paul Wurth charging systems are scheduled to take place in 2012.

Paul Wurth’s Bell Less Top charging systems ensure approximately 60% of the world’s hot metal and pig iron produced via the blast furnace route. Continuous, innovative development of this technology provides plant operators with the decisive assets for cutting-edge iron-making performance.

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