Hormozgan Steel (Hosco) produced 47,000 tonnes of slab in first month of the Iranian calendar year (March 20-April 19), an increase of 27% compared with the previous month, according to md Morteza Aghajani.
The company has a target of 1.1 million tonnes of slab production for the whole of the year, Aghajani said.
“Hormozgan Steel has a nominal capacity of 1.5 million tpy and we estimate the plant will operate at full capacity [from March 2013 to March 2014],” a source close to Hosco told Metal Bulletin.
The company produced 155,000 tonnes of slab in the second half of the last Iranian year, according to the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (Imidro).
It has two Midrex direct reduction iron (DRI) modules each of 825,000 tpy capacity, with the first DRI module commissioned in March 2009.
The steelmaking plant is comprised of two electric arc furnaces (EAF) each of 120 tonnes, two ladle furnaces each of 120 tonnes and a twin-strand continuous slab caster with a nominal capacity of 1.5 million tpy of 200-250mm thick, 900-2,000mm wide and 6,000-12,000mm long slab.
Hosco is the only Iranian producer that can cast slabs up to 2,000mm wide and the slab caster was formally put into operation by Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on January 2 2012.
The first and second EAFs were commissioned in July 2010 and October 2011, respectively, with assistance from Mobarakeh Steel, as part of a two-part expansion programme.
Capacity could be doubled to 3 million tpy, sources told Metal Bulletin.
Hosco plans to set up another EAF, ladle furnace and continuous casting machine in its second phase of expansion, and also intends to set up a rolling mill after completing the first stage of expansion.
Hosco is located in the Persian Gulf Mining and Metal Industries Special Zone, about 13 kilometres west of the port of Bandar Abbas. It is also linked to Gol-e-Gohar’s iron ore mines in Sirjan by a two-line 330km railway.