MEXICO CITY Mexican steelmaker Altos Hornos de México SAB de CV (Ahmsa) has started up a new converter in its basic oxygen furnace No. 1.
With the revamped converter, the furnace will have a capacity of 80 tonnes of crude steel per casting, Ahmsa said.
The startup of the new converter marks the end of a five-year project to replace three casting units, with a total investment of more than 100 million pesos ($8.2 million), the company said.
The converter, located in Monclova, Coahuila state, was built by Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH in Czech Republic, Ahmsa said.
Siemens has been responsible for the modernization and installation of several pieces of equipment at Ahmsas steelworks in the past two years, including the expansion of its metallurgical plant and heavy plate rolling mill, the delivery of hot-rolling mill equipment with new basic and process automation, and delivery of the companys third LD converter.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.