Galati installs plate cooling unit, targets new markets

Liberty Galati has started the installation of a new modern accelerated cooling unit at its heavy plate mill for RON 150 million ($34m).

The new technology will enable the company to address the most profitable market segments, increase department productivity, expand the value-added product portfolio and improve the quality of finished products for the offshore, shipbuilding, construction and pressure vessel markets, the Romanian steelmaker says.

This will reinforce its commitment to customers in Romania, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and America, the firm adds.

The technology, a MULPIC (Multi-Purpose Interrupted Cooling) system and water treatment plant, will be supplied by Primetals.

“The integrated cooling system is essential for modern plate mills, as we have here at Galati, to produce higher strength and value-added grades which require higher cooling rates and better cooling accuracy,” Liberty Primary Steel & Mining chief executive Sandip Biswas says in a note seen by Kallanish. The project should be completed by end-2024.

Galati’s heavy plate mill produces plate up to 4,000mm wide and 180mm thick, including thermo-mechanically controlled processed (TMCP) grades. It also has a fully integrated flow including a new hot leveler machine, US testing machine and a marking machine.

Last month, Galati received approval from a local Belgian court to acquire the coil rolling mills of Liberty Liège (see Kallanish passim).

Adam Smith Poland