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Uzbekistan to become HRC steel self-sufficient with new mill

London — Uzbek steel rebar and light sections producer Uzbekistan Metallurgical Plant (Uzmetkombinat) will start construction this year on a hot-strip steel mill, making the country self-sufficient in hot-rolled coil once it comes on line in 2021, a spokesman for Italian engineering company Danieli said Monday.

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The mini-mill, featuring quality strip production (QSP) technology, will produce up to 1 million mt/year of hot strip at the steelworks' existing site in Bekabad, eastern Uzbekistan. Uzmetkombinat plans to break ground on the project by the end of this year.

Danieli will supply the plant, which is expected to come on line by the end of 2021, the spokesman said.

The meltshop will comprise a 120 mt electric arc furnace, one twin-ladle furnace and a vacuum degasser. The QSP compact line includes a vertical curved thin slab caster, a Danieli Centro Combustion tunnel furnace, a 5-stand (+1 future) hot-rolling mill, followed by a laminar cooling system and downcoiler.

Strip thicknesses will vary between 1.4 mm and 12 mm and width between 800 mm and 1,300 mm. The majority of coils, which will come in 30 mt, will be processed locally.

Danieli is also supplying Uzmetkombinat with a cold-rolling mill that should start production in the first half of 2020.

-- Ekaterina Bouckley, katya.bouckley@spglobal.com

-- Edited by James Burgess, newsdesk@spglobal.com