Recently, the minimill modernized by Primetals Technologies was started up at Russian long product
producer Abinsk Electric Steel. The modernization included the company's electric arc furnace, ladle
furnace and 6-strand continuous billet caster. The aim of the project was to increase the production
capacity of billets with cross sections of 130 and 150 millimeters from 1.2 to 1.5 million metric tons per
year. Additionally, Abinsk is now able to produce more quality steel grades, such as high carbon steel for
wire and spring steel. Moreover, the new technology not only increases the availability of the steel works,
but also decreases maintenance costs. Conversion costs also are substantially lowered. The energy
requirement of the electric arc furnace is reduced from 410 to 370 kilowatt hours per metric ton.
Primetals Technologies had received the order in early 2016.