UKRAINE: Scientific Conference on Blast Furnace Production

The city of Krivoy Rog in Ukraine hosted an international scientific conference on blast furnace production on May 12-13. The conference topic “The Experience of implementation and ways of solving the problems of development of the technology pulverized coal injection in blast furnaces” caused wide-spread interest, and numerous experts met on the premises of PJSC “ArcelorMittal Krivoy Rog”.

The conference heard reports by blast furnace specialists of all metallurgical enterprises of Ukraine. Problems encountered during the development of the technology pulverized coal injection into blast furnaces were discussed in detail with potential solutions. Among others, representatives of the companies Paul Wurth, Danieli, and Hatch presented their reports and possible solutions to the existing problems.


Seven Refractories Ukraine was represented by its general director Oleg Tischenko. In his report he summarized Seven’s experience in repair work, including blast furnaces using pulverized coal injection. During the report, a wide range of Seven’s products was presented together with detailed problem solutions developed by blast furnace specialists.

The participants were able to visit the blast furnace shop plant, site preparation of pulverized coal, as well as the site of a blast furnace no. 9 with a volume of 5000 m3 – the biggest in the entire Ukraine.

The theme of the conference sparked wide discussion among the participating experts, representatives of foreign companies and research institutions. Oleg Tischenko summarizes: “We were highly satisfied with the quality of the conference and with our participation. Pulverized coal injection presents a range of problems in blast furnaces, and it was a great opportunity to discuss solutions with experts.”