Corex Process for Production of Iron Feb22

Corex Process for Production of Iron...

Corex Process for Production of Iron During the late twentieth century, several new initiatives have been taken for the development of the smelting reduction technology which can become alternative route for the production of liquid iron (hot metal) since the conventional blast furnace (BF) ironmaking depends on metallurgical coal, which is required for producing BF coke needed for the production of hot metal in the blast furnace. Metallurgical coal is not only costly but is associated with environmental issues during its conversion to BF coke in the coke oven batteries. Smelting reduction process is that process which is based on smelting reduction technology and hence in this process the production of hot metal is carried out without the use of metallurgical coke. Corex process is one of these initiatives. It is the first and the only commercially established smelting-reduction process based on non-coking coal which is available as an alternative route to the blast furnace for the production of hot metal. Corex process was developed by the Austrian technology supplier VOEST in the late 1970s, and its feasibility was confirmed during the 1980s. The first pilot plant was installed in Kehl, Germany, in 1981. Commercialization, however, was reached together with the South African steelmaker ISCOR where the C-1000 (C – 0.5 M) module was commissioned in November 1989 at its Pretoria works. This first generation reactor which is called melter-gasifier had a hearth diameter of 5.5 m and a hot metal production rate ranging from 40 tons per hour to 60 tons per hour. The plant rated capacity was 300,000 metric tons per year. The general applicability of this first generation process was limited and a lot of technical problems had to be solved. Nevertheless, it helped to overcome the critical demonstration stage for...