Baosteel says it has completed orders for state-of-the-art equipment at the new Zhanjiang facility.

The production-line equipment and the layout, among other components, will be “low cost, high quality and energy-efficient,”  the company says. One project challenge will be to install the 2250 hot rolling mainline, supplied by SMS Seimag, Germany, and designed for an annual capacity of 5.5 million tons. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is supplying a 2030 cold rolling machine that has the capacity to produce 2.2 million tons of cold rolled steel. China Business Daily reported that the project will cost approximately $6 billion.

“The two blast furnaces have large-scale equipment, efficiency and automated features," Baosteel says. "The process and equipment selection focus on environmental protection. The overall technology and equipment level is higher than the current domestic blast-furnace level.”

Local companies SBC-MCC, CISDI, Zhanjiang Steel and Baosteel Engineering have provided design, engineering, construction and contracting services for the project, Baosteel says. It will feature two 5,050-cu-meter blast furnaces and more than 10 ancillary facilities; further, it will be able to handle 230,000 tons of molten iron, 2,711,000 tons of water slag and 11.9 billion cu m of blast-furnace gas per year, among other materials.