Revamped walking beam furnace at OneSteel Whyalla, Australia, in operation with good results
DüsselSMS group received the final acceptance certificate for the revamp of a walking beam furnace from OneSteel Whyalla, Australia, in January 2016. After revamp and restart the old furnace uses less fuel and can be finally operated with all the benefits of a modern automation. Furthermore, the furnace combustion system has been updated to the latest safety regulations applicable in Australia. The revamp has been carried out completely by SMS Meer SpA, Italy, a subsidiary of SMS group.
In Australia, SMS completed the revamp of the venerable and flimsy 200 tons per hour walking beam furnace at Whyalla section mill. All burners have been replaced with brand new units, helping to decrease the emission of dangerous NOx chemicals. SMS engineers made their way in the maze of the existing pipelines and old cabling, succeeding to arrange the new electrical and mechanical equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
The SMS group is, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. Its 14,000 employees generate sales of over EUR 3,4 bn.