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Techint receives walking beam furnace order from Hadeed
2004 November 16

  Techint receives another order from Hadeed for the walking beam furnaces included in the expansion of the existing Al Jubail Hot Strip Mill. 

Another prestigious order has been obtained by Techint Technologies in Saudi Arabia for the supply of a new walking beam furnace (220 tph capacity) and for the revamping of the existing one (delivered by Techint in 1996) at the Hadeed Al Jubail hot strip mill. 

Aim of the revamping is to increase the furnace capacity up to 220 tph and to upgrade its performances, functionality and cost saving, according to the most recent Techint technologies. 

VAI and SMS Demag are involved in the rolling mill expansion.

SMS Demag to supply new finishing stand for Hadeed HR Steel Strip line
2004 November 6

  The Saudi Iron and Steel Company Hadeed in Al Jubail al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia, have placed an order with SMS Demag AG, Germany, for the expansion of the finishing mill in Al-Jubail. This includes a sixth finishing stand and a new hot skin pass mill stand with the requisite automation. The finishing mill had already been successfully commissioned by SMS in 1999.

With this mill expansion, Hadeed is reacting to the growing requirement in Saudi Arabia for ultra-thin hot strip products.

Commissioning of the new facility is scheduled for the end of 2005. SMS Demag AG forms part of the Metallurgical Plant and Rolling Mill Technology Business Area of the SMS group.

Hadeed to install new DR plant and steelworks
2004 November 4

  As the leader of two international consortia, VAI, a company of the listed VA Technologie AG, has received an order for the enlargement of hot metal and steel producing capacity at the Al-Jubail complex in Saudi Arabia. The customer is the Saudi Arabian steel company Hadeed, which in the July of this year, already awarded VAI a major contract for a hot rolling mill . 

The two large-scale orders are worth over EUR 300 m to VAI and involve what will be the world’s largest DR plant (direct reduction) with a capacity of 1.75 m tonnes per year, as well as the enlargement of the annual production capacity of an electric steelmaking plant by a further 1.22 m tonnes. Using natural gas and dressed iron ore, DR plants produce metallised iron, which can then be further processed in the steel plant. As a result of the extensive natural gas reserves available in the Arab world, DR technology can be applied within the region in an extremely economic manner. 

This latest expansion means a doubling of current liquid steel production for flat products and represents Hadeed’s response to increased domestic demand in this product segment, which among other sources, derives from the oil industry. 

VAI has had excellent business relations with Saudi Arabia for more than 25 years. Among the most important contracts completed in the country are two complete steel plants for the production of long and flat products in Al-Jubail and their ongoing modernisation. 

The start-up of the new plants is planned for the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007. 

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