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.