The converter shop of the Kametstal metallurgical plant of the Dutch mining and smelting group Metinvest B.V. (Metinvest), created at the facilities of the Dniprovsky Metallurgical Plant (DMK, Kamenskoe, Dnepropetrovsk region), resumed work after a forced shutdown due to power supply restrictions as a result of massive shelling by Russian troops of Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
The resumption of steelmaking production coincided with the 40th anniversary of the converter shop of the plant. It was four decades ago at the end of December 1982 that the first converter steel was produced.
“The team of metallurgists of the shop works selflessly and professionally. During the period of forced downtime, they carried out restoration work on continuous casting machines on their own, repaired crane equipment, and also audited the mechanical, electrical and power equipment of both converters. And, therefore, the main units were prepared to the maximum for commissioning.
Today, converter No. 2 and continuous casting machine No. 3 were resumed at Kametstal. The units of the oxygen compressor shop are also operating, supplying the steelmaking process with the necessary components.
Gradually, subject to uninterrupted power supply, other production equipment will also resume operation. Until the end of this year, the company plans to produce steel for the production of commercial rolled products," Metinvest's press service said.
As reported, at the end of November, Kametstal stopped work due to electricity restrictions due to shelling by Russian troops of the energy infrastructure of Ukraine.
Kametstal was created on the basis of PJSC "Dneprovsky Coke Plant" (DKKHZ) and the CEC of PJSC "Dneprovsky Metallurgical Plant" (DMK).
Metinvest is a vertically integrated a group of mining and metallurgical enterprises. Its enterprises are located in Ukraine - in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk regions, in European countries.
The main shareholders of the holding are Rinat Akhmetov's SCM group (71.24%) and Vadim's Smart Holding Novinsky (23.76%), jointly managing it.