GE Power (NYSE: GE) has recently been selected by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), one of the largest steel producers in Latin America, to replace its converter in the steel plant in Volta Redonda, Brazil.
The Presidente Vargas Steelworks plant, located more than 100 kilometers west of Rio de Janeiro, has an annual production capacity of 5.8 million tons of steel. Inaugurated in the forties, it is also one of the oldest large steel plants in Brazil.
Looking to improve reliability and efficiency of the plant, CSN has chosen GE to provide the steel plant with the new drive system including the 12-megawatt (MW) synchronous motor, the 12-MW generator and one converter to replace the old equipment. The new converter, operating at a frequency of 50 hertz, will be used to feed remaining 50-hertz equipment, as the water pumps will use water from the nearby river for the steel process.
“Our plant, in Volta Redonda, was built back in the ’40s, and certain equipment needs a refurbishment. We trust in GE’s technology and capability to provide such an upgrade service that will help maintain the plant as one of the most productive of the region,” said Douglas Gualberto, Senior Development engineer of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional.
“Steel goes into everything, from buildings and infrastructure to cars and appliances,” said Gagan Sood, CEO of Industry, Power and Wind, GE’s Power Conversion business. “Our energy-efficient electric machinery can help improve operational efficiency and reliability of the steelmaking process—as is the case for CSN’s steel plant—and help them reap more productivity in the decades to come.”
“GE has extensive experience and know-how in providing electrical equipment that power the world’s steel plants. We continue to serve the industry with more energy-efficient and reliable technology that will help our valued customers to deliver operational excellence,” said Azeez Mohammed, president and CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business.
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