Egyptian Steel minimill in Al Ain Al Sokhna commences operations

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The first heat has been produced at National Port Said Steel (NPSS), Al Ain Al Sokhna works, Egypt. This is the second MI.DA.® micromill supplied by Danieli in Egypt featuring the endless casting and rolling technology to produce commercial steel rebar for construction applications. It is a twin of the first MI.DA.® installed in Egypt and located in Beni Suef, also belonging to Egyptian Steel and commissioned in 2016.

Each plant has a design capacity of 830,000 t per year. 530,000 t per year are processed to rebar in bundles, produced in endless casting and rolling mode through a single line. The remaining 300,000 t per year are cast through two additional casting strands in 130-mm-square billets.

The endless line processes 165-mm-square-billets cast at a speed exceeding 6 m/min. These billets are in-line rolled and quenched into 10 to 25 mm rebars, and finished in perfect bundles.

The new MI.DA.® micromill is now expected to ramp up to the maximum productivity within the next three months (from the first heat). Danieli endless casting-rolling route for deformed bars is an established reliable process to obtain higher productivity at lower operational costs thanks to the high efficiency and energy saving.

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