NLMK has signed a long-term contract with Vyksa Steel Works (VMZ) (part of OMK, the United Metallurgical Company) for the supply of continuously cast slabs. These slabs will be rolled into plates at the VMZ Mill-5000 (MKS-5000) to be further used for the production of large-diameter pipes, including under Gazprom’s orders to expand the Unified Gas Supply System as part of the Bovanenkovo-Ukhta, Ukhta-Torzhok, and Yuzhny Potok (Southern Stream) projects. Orders placed by the United Metallurgical Company will require NLMK to produce slabs with superior internal steel structure standards, and in dimensions that have not been previously produced by Russian companies (355 mm thick, 2200 mm wide).
To ensure the high quality standards applied to steel used for the production of large-diameter pipes, all steel intended for Vyksa Steel Works will be processed at our highly efficient RH degasser, and ladle furnaces. Unique-diameter slabs will be cast by our Continuous Casting Machine #8 (CCM-8). These facilities were built and revamped as part of Stage II of our Technical Upgrade & Development Program 2010-2012 at Novolipetsk.