An overview on Iran Iron and Steel Industry

The founding of iron and steel plants in Iran has been in the thoughts of the nation's legislatures since the early decade of the twentieth century. The primary genuine endeavor was made in the late 1930s with the help of German organizations. In any case, the happening of World War II brought about the developmental attempts to stop, and the venture was never finished. 

Right around two decades after World War II, because of recuperation in financial circumstances and expanding interest for steel items, the matter of setting up a steel plant was raised once more. 

At this point a moving factory was raised by private division, INSIG (Iran National Steel Industries Group) to create basic steel by moving imported semi-completed steel items. INSIG likewise developed a steel making shop (Electric Arc Furnace and constant throwing) to deliver semis by dissolving steel scrap. 

Parallel with the private corporation's part's exercises, a between administrative contract was finished up between the legislatures of the USSR and Iran to exchange the gaseous petrol from Iran to the previous USSR. In return for an overwhelming industry, a steelmaking shop with a yearly limit of 550,000 tons in Esfahan was incorporated. 

For this reason, National Iranian Steel Corporation was set up for the development of the plant and preparation of the applicable mines, for example, press mineral, coking coal, limestone, recalcitrant, and so forth. The plant was effectively authorized and came into operation in 1971. 

Therefore, an agreement for the development of the Esfahan Steel Plant to a limit of 1.9 million tons/year of basic steel was signed with the previous provider. 

Following a couple of years of operation, both the private area heaters and Esfahan Steel Plant were confronting a few issues, for example, deficiency of scrap and quality coking coal. 

These two issues on one side, and their accompanying angles on the opposite side, which were: 

- Increasing household interest for Iron and steel, 

- Huge accessible assets of gaseous petrol and required crude materials, specifically, press metal, 

- The relative development of Iranian skill in iron and steel industry, 

- Introduction of new techniques for the Direct Reduction Process in modern business scales, 

added to the foundation of another state-claimed organization under the title of National Iranian Steel Industries Company (NISCO) in mid-1970 to deliver iron and steel items by using the Direct Reduction process, and in addition, to prepare the applicable iron mineral mines. 

To conclude, two contracts were signed amongst NISCO and outside organizations to build two coordinated steel processes in Bandar Abbas and Ahvaz and a sizable moving plant in Ahvaz. 

After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, crucial changes occurred in the Iranian Steel Industry Organization. The two state-owned organizations were blended and NISCO became subsidiary to the previous Ministry of Mine and Metals and Ministry of Industry and Mine was set up. 

NISCO is coordinating and overseeing the Iranian steel industry from the investigation phase of its applicable crude materials up to advertising its items in household and global markets. 

NISCO built up an incorporated steel process, the Ahvaz Steel Complex, and a hot moved plate maker, the Kavian Heavy Plate Mill, in Ahvaz, Khouzestan area in the southwest of Iran. By the year 1994, the 2 organizations had converged to frame "Khouzestan Steel Company". 

Keeping in mind the end goal to fulfill the request in hot and frosty moved curls, NISCO set up an incorporated steel complex, the Mobarakeh Steel Company, in Isfahan which began generation in the year 1992 with a yearly limit of crude steel of 2.5 million tons. Mobarakeh's ability stands today at near 3.5 million tons for every year and is relied upon to achieve 4.5 million tons once all the development ventures are set up. 

Today, Iran's steel yield remains at near 8 million tons for every year, 1.2 million tons of which is created by the private division. This is still well underneath the yearly utilization level of 13 to 14 million tons. That is the reason the business has seen a surge in the level of imports which remained at more than 3 million tons for the initial half-year of the present year. This figure demonstrates a 119 percent expansion over the figure for a similar period a year ago. 

Because of the lack, numerous new and development ventures are set up with a specific end goal to fill the hole. Here is a portion of the more prominent ones: 

1-The Hormozgan Steel Complex close Bandar Abbas: A consortium drove by SMS Demag, has consented to an arrangement with NISCO to construct a plant to deliver more than 1.5 million tons of section notwithstanding a lime calcining plant. Another agreement for a Direct Reduction plant has been marked with the German-enrolled Mines and Metals Engineering. 

2-The extension period of Esfahan Steel Co., the Saba Steel Complex, to deliver more than 700,000 (seven hundred thousand) tons/year of hot moved curls: It has effectively been charged and is at present in its testing stage. 

3-The Tin Plate Unit at Mobarakeh: This unit was introduced in September 2003 by president Khatami and is required to achieve its full limit of 200,000 (two hundred thousand) tons/year in the year 2004. 

4-The pelletizing plant in Sirjan: 

Nisco has consented to an arrangement with Germany's Lurgi in regards to building a 4 million tons-a-year pelletizing plant in Sirjan to be controlled by Gol-e Gohar Iron Ore Company. 

5-The Chador Malu Pelletising Plant: 

A Japanese consortium drove by Kobe Steel, has marked an agreement to supply Chador Malu Mining and Industrial Company hardware for another 3.4 million tons/year press mineral pelletizing plant in Ardakan, Yazd Province. 

6-Tinplate Complex in Tabriz: 

Danieli, the Italian steel process producer, is intending to take an interest in the development of a 200,000 (two hundred thousand) tons/year tinplate process in Tabriz. 

Steel Pipe and Profile Industry 

One of the greatest customers of steel loops and plates is the pipe and profile industry. This industry right now comprises of more than 90 organizations with an aggregate creation limit of 1,920,000 (One million, nine hundred and twenty, thousand) tons every year. 

Saveh Rolling and Profile Mills with a yearly limit of 1,200,000 (one million two hundred thousand) tons, has the biggest piece of the overall industry as well as the most assortment of funnels and profiles fabricated in Iran. It is likewise the biggest Iranian exporter of funnels and profiles to each edge of the world. 

As the biggest state-possessed steel organization in the Middle East, NISCO has positioned 26th in the table of the world's real steel creating organizations in 1999 and 2000. NISCO is likewise a standard company in the International Iron and Steel Institutes. 

Amid the Iraq forced war, the steel business advancement lost its driving force to some degree. However, quickly after the truce and usage of the First and Second Five-Year Economic, Social and Cultural Development Plans of the nation, the steel business saw significant development. It was during this period that the steel creation volume, which didn't surpass a yearly amount of one million tons in 1988, achieved 6.3 million tons in 1999 and 6.6 million tons in 2000. 

Considering the nation's rich vitality assets, crude materials, HR and accessible innovative capacities, there is a suitable foundation in putting resources into the steel industry of the nation. NISCO's present limit in production is 8 million tons yearly, and vital measures have been taken to build up the ability to 10 million tons per year. 

Moreover, considerations are in progress to extend the limit up to 14.7 and later to 18.4 million tones every year. This organization has likewise stepped toward overhauling the nature of its items and enhancing the administration framework with due thought given to ecological assurance and better working conditions.


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