The Russian steel producer, EVRAZ Nizhniy Tagil Metallurgical Plant (EVRAZ NTMK), has awarded
Primetals Technologies an order to supply the automation, electrical equipment and instrumentation for
the new blast furnace #7. The basic automation (level 1) and the process optimization (level 2) will be
installed as a virtualized automation system on central, redundant servers, which will drastically reduce
service costs, especially those for future upgrades. The new process automation will also optimize the
coke consumption. The order is worth several million euros and the new blast furnace is scheduled to be
commissioned at the end of 2017.