ANDRITZ to supply two walking beam furnaces to ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, USA

9 June 2017

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from steel producer ArcelorMittal to supply two new top- and bottom-fired walking beam furnaces for its 80” hot strip mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA. Start-up of the furnaces, which will replace the existing pusher furnaces, is scheduled for 2020.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes the design, supply, erection supervision, and commissioning of the new furnaces as well as comprehensive training of the operating and maintenance personnel. Each of the two furnaces will heat carbon steel slabs at a rate of 500 tons per hour. The combustion systems include ANDRITZ low NOx burners that will reduce emissions. The furnaces will reduce overall fuel consumption as a result of their long, unfired preheat zones, individual burner control, and improved insulation including efficient ANDRITZ skid insulation.

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, the company’s second-largest USA facility, is a fully integrated steelmaking plant located on Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana, 50 miles southeast of Chicago. The plant operates two blast furnaces and is capable of producing approximately five million tons of raw steel annually. Burns Harbor produces hot-rolled sheet, cold-rolled sheet, and hot-dipped galvanized steel, primarily for the appliance, automotive, construction, converters, distribution, and pipe and tube markets.

This order follows the successful completion of a major revamp of two 450 tons per hour walking beam furnaces at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago, Indiana, by ANDRITZ.