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JSC “Uralelektromed” completed the building framework of Tankhouse III

JSC “Uralelektromed” completed the building framework of Tankhouse III

Verkhnyaya Pyshma (Sverdlovsk region)

JSC “Uralelektromed” (UMMC metallurgical sector) continues the construction of Tankhouse III, which will operate using permanent cathode technology.

According to Vadim Mironov, Director of Construction and Renovation, a large amount of work has been finished for the last one-and-a-half year. The frame of the building with columns, crane runway beams and trusses was erected. The closed heating circuit was completed as well as glazing.

Currently, the building is heated, and Uralmetallurgmontazh 2, General Contractor, is installing the foundations for the anode preparation machine and the anode scrap washing machine. Fire retardant is being applied to the steel structures at the site, air ducts are being installed in transfer bays, and concrete surfaces are being painted.

Besides, the water recycling system for equipment cooling is being arranged.

“All corrosion protection works are performed after 8 p.m., when the day shift is over. This is a labour-intensive process. First, the surfaces are treated, a primer is then applied followed by a fireproof layer and a finish, as prescribed by the new Fire Safety Regulations”, said Vladimir Koryakin, Project Manager of Capital Construction Department.

It should be noted that Tankhouse III will exploit a permanent stainless steel cathode technology. The new facility will house a full production line consisting of 224 electrolytic cells with auxiliary equipment (tanks, pumps, heat exchangers). The project also includes two automated machines- anode preparation machine and anode scrap washing machine.

As a reminder, in February, 2012 the advanced Tankhouse I with a design capacity of 160 thousand tpy of copper cathode was launched. Tankhouse II with the same capacity was put into operation in May 2018. The new operation facility will enable the company to produce a total of more than 400 thousand tonnes of copper cathodes per year.