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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: April 1st 2003


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:: Iranian Contract for ABB

Swiss engineering group ABB is part of an international consortium that has been awarded a contract to supply an iron-ore pelletising plant to Iran. The 3.4 Mt/y plant will be built at Ardakan in Yazd Province near the Chador Malu beneficiation operation. The iron-ore pellets will be used by the direct-reduction furnaces of the Mobarakeh steel complex near Isfahn.

Kobe Steel Ltd of Japan, which leads the consortium, will be responsible for providing the main machinery and technical equipment, together with various services. This will include plant engineering, project management, and training and technical assistance. ABB will supply the automation and electrical equipment for the plant. This equipment will include low-voltage distribution, medium and low-voltage motors, process control, field instrumentation, project management, engineering and the supervision of erection, commissioning and training. ABB'S part of the contract is worth in excess of US$12 million.

Spain's TAIM-TFG SA will provide the material-handling equipment and Chador Malu will undertake the construction work. Other members of the consortium include the Japanese trading houses Marubeni Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp.

The pelletising plant will help to expand Iranian steel production. According to ABB, Iran consumes 8 Mt/y of iron-ore pellets, of which over 5 Mt/y are imported. In 2001 Iran produced 6.9 Mt of crude steel. The pellet plant is scheduled for completion by the middle of 2006, and should reach commercial production before the end of 2006.




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