Tenova received an order at the end of 2020 from Italy’s NLMK Verona for the turnkey supply of a 70-ton vacuum oxygen decarburization (VOD) plant with level 1 and level 2 automation. The scope of the contract includes engineering, supply, erection of all equipment, supervision of erection, commissioning and training.

The VOD plant will expand the company’s existing production route, which currently includes an electric-arc furnace (EAF), two ladle furnaces, a vacuum degassing system, a continuous casting plant and an ingot casting plant. Increasing demand for high-quality steel makes the vacuum treatment an essential step in secondary metallurgy processes. The VOD plant will increase the overall production rate of vacuum-treated steel and the product range of VOD-treated steel.