Voestalpine commissions Primetals for EAF in Linz

Voestalpine has placed an order with Primetals Technologies for a 180-tonne electric arc furnace to be implemented at the steel producer’s site in Linz, Austria. Startup is scheduled for 2027.

The EAF will play a key role in voestalpine’s green transition programme, “greentec steel”. As a first step in this decarbonisation programme, one EAF will be built at each of voestalpine’s sites, in Linz and Donawitz. The Donawitz plant will be equipped with an EAF by Danieli (see Kallanish 13 September).

Linz will be equipped with Primetals’ “EAF Ultimate”, which the technology supplier says is part of its latest generation of electric steelmaking plants, highlighting the furnace’s raw material flexibility. The equipment includes a dedusting system, a waste-heat recovery system, electrical grid stabilisation, and material handling for alloying materials and additives.

The order also includes full Level 1 and 2 automation, a power supply system, and the LiquiRob robotic system, which increases efficiency and occupational safety at the plant.

The EAF Ultimate will be designed to incorporate solutions for environmentally friendly steel production. For example, the heat recovery system will convert much of the waste heat into steam, which is then fed back and used in other production units, Primetals explains.

The order will be carried out by Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH, which is also located in Linz, nearby voestalpine’s steelworks.

Christian Koehl Germany