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Siemens to supply Baku Steel with an electric arc furnace and a waste gas cleaning plant to increase capacity and reduce environmental impact

(PresseBox) (Linz, Austria, ) Baku Steel, an Azerbaijani steel producer, has ordered a new electric arc furnace from Siemens VAI Metals Technologies. The plant is part of an expansion project to help Baku Steel raise its production capacity to around 1.1 million tons of steel per annum. The project is complemented by mechanical equipment for a ladle furnace and a waste gas cleaning system, which will reduce the emissions of the steel works to European standards. The order has a value of several million euros, and the project is scheduled to be completed in April 2013.

The Baku Steel Co. is the leading producer of structural steels in Azerbaijan. The new 50 ton electric arc furnace from Siemens will enable the company to produce 500,000 tons of steel per annum, some 150,000 tons more than the capacity of the present plant. This will increase Baku Steel's total production capacity to over 1.1 million tons per annum.

Siemens will also install a waste gas cleaning system. This comprises direct dedusting systems for the electric arc furnace and the existing 50 ton ladle furnace, as well as a secondary dedusting system for the EAF bay. After the conversion, the complete system will have a total suction capacity of about 950,000 Nm³/h. The fully automated waste gas cleaning plant will limit the dust content of the waste gases to a maximum of 10 mg/Nm³, so that the Baku Steel steel works will meet European environmental standards for dust emissions.

The project also covers mechanical equipment for the ladle furnace, including a compact gantry, a water cooled roof and current-conducting electrode arms, and the basic automation for the electric arc furnace. Siemens will also assist Baku Steel with the installation and commissioning.

Further information about solutions for steel works, rolling mills and processing lines is available at: http://www.siemens.com/metals

About Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH & Co

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industry

The Metals Technologies Business Unit (Linz, Austria), part of the Siemens Industry Sector, is one of the world's leading suppliers of plant construction and engineering in the iron and steel industry as well as in the flat rolling segment of the aluminum industry. The Business Unit offers a comprehensive product and service portfolio for metallurgical plants and equipment as well as integrated automation and environmental solutions covering the entire lifecycle of plants. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/metals

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