NEW YORK Evraz Stratcor Inc. will ramp up its use of vanadium-bearing steelmaking slag as the major raw material at its specialty vanadium production facility in Hot Springs, Ark.
The company, a unit of Russian steelmaker Evraz Plc, first announced in October that it would start processing the roasted slag generated by its steelmaking production in Russia in order to diversify the facilitys feedstock (amm.com, Oct. 1).
The company has been testing the material and is now receiving larger quantities for use over the summer, a spokesman told AMM.
Meanwhile, the company said new facilities intended to enhance the sites ability to process steelmaking slag "are expected to come on-stream in the fall of 2013."
The new facilities include improvements in the leaching and reagent systems, and they will enable the Hot Springs site to resume its historic production of 9 million pounds of vanadium pentoxide per year.
The Hot Springs-based company makes specialty vanadium products for the chemical, titanium and steel industries.