Arvedi accelerates Servola cold rolling area investment

Italian steelmaker Acciaierie Arvedi is investing in two strip processing lines at its Ferriera di Servola plant in Trieste, north-east Italy. Equipment maker Danieli will supply the two mills next year and they are scheduled to go into operation by end-2022, Kallanish learns from Danieli.

The hot-dipped galvanising line will process 200,000 tonnes/year of coils of a weight up to 30 tonnes and will operate at a speed of up to 200 meters/minute. “The furnace will handle cold-forming, structural, micro-alloyed and hot-rolled strip steel grades,” Danieli reveals in a note. “The 0.15-0.25-mm strips will be processed using only the radiant tubes section, not with the direct-flame section. Thanks to low-NOX burners and a DeNOX/waste gas heat-recovery system, the plant will operate at the lowest emissions levels.”

The lines will be integrated into a digital predictive quality system that enhances control through each production step, it adds.

Arvedi is massively investing in the conversion of Ferriera di Servola, boosting the cold-end area. This comes after the shutdown, which begun this year, of the hot-end, former pig iron plant for which dismantling will be completed by the end of the year.

Arvedi is looking to invest a total of €320 million ($369m) for the plant conversion supported by government investment entity Invitalia, the region of Lombardy and the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Servola currently has a pickling line and cold rolling mill. Arvedi already secured a “green loan” of €240m from a pool of banks. The funding is in line with the Green New Deal for Europe, the European plan that promotes industrial sustainability and circular economy (see Kallanish passim).

Natalia Capra France