Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant
The plant’s construction began during the World War II and was completed in April 1943 at a speed unprecedented for such a powerful plant of a full metallurgical cycle.
The plant was built to meet the needs of Soviet defense and took part in creating the military industry of the Soviet Union and Russia as well as space programs. It was also the chief steel supplier for
Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant mastered production of a new type of product — hot-rolled heat-resistant rolls for high-tech industries such as defense, aviation, space, engineering and chemical facilities.
In June, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s rails up to 100 meters in length were certified as compliant with requirements set in the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union. This certificate enabled the plant to begin rail supplies to Russian Railways OAO.
In August, the plant received the approval of Russia’s Federal Agency for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks for registering its trademark “Chelyabinsk Steel”. The trademark was based on the ChS (Chelyabinsk Steel) brand granted to the plant in 1970 by the Soviet Ferrous Metallurgy Ministry for marking top-quality rolls.
In October, the plant shipped a batch of a new type of rolls to ZiO-Podolsk Engineering Plant (part of Rosatom’s engineering division, Atomenergomash) for construction of a next-generation nuclear icebreaker. Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s mastering of a new production technology enabled the plant to substitute imports.
Also in October, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant was awarded Rosatom’s diploma as the nuclear industry’s bona fide supplier.
In February, the plant’s arc furnace workshop #6 (today’s arc furnace department) produced its millionth tonne of stainless steel.
In March, Russian Railways OAO’s president Oleg Belozerov visited Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant and toured the plant’s rail production facilities.
In March, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s universal rolling mill was acknowledged best import substitution project by Russia’s Union of Industrialists and Enterpreneurs.
In April, an expert council of Russian Industry and Trade Ministry’s Industry Development Fund decided to loan funds to finance Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s project for production of export-oriented rails, beams and other structural shapes.
In August, two types of the plant’s rails earned certificates of compliance with Europe’s TSI standard. These certificates are required for rail supplies to the EU member states.
In July, the plant cast its first oversize 50-tonne ingot. The new technology for production of bulk ingots from specialty steels enabled Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant to enter the market for oversize products which only a few facilities in the world can produce.
In September, the plant launched a welded beam workshop. This new facility enabled the plant to expand its construction product range and become Russia’s only producer of both hot-rolled and welded beams from the plant’s own steel.
In March, Mechel signed a trilateral agreement on implementing ecological measures at Mechel’s Chelyabinsk-based facilities with the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (Rosprirodnadzor) and Chelyabinsk Region’s government.
In April, the plant marked the 75th anniversary of its first steel smelting.
In August, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant became the city’s pioneer in launching a voluntary independent ecological audit. Expert ecologists from Science Research Institute Atmosphere began examining Mechel’s Chelyabinsk-based facilities.
The plant’s universal rolling mill produced its two-millionth tonne of rolls.
In September, the plant earned a certificate for producing R65-type rails for railroads with traffic speed of up to 250 km/h. In November, these rails earned the plant a silver medal at the international Metal-Expo 2018 industrial fair.
In December, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant earned two important international certificates — one for conformity with the international occupational health and safety standard OHSAS 18 001: 2007 and another for compliance with the international standard of ecological management, ISO 14 001: 2015.
In March, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant launched simultaneously two key aggregates — blast furnace #4 and converter #1. Investment totaled 4.5 billion rubles. The two large-scale projects are part of ecological measures outlined in the federal program Clean Air.
In August Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant completely halted waste water emissions into the Miass River from its Pershino outlet and significantly decreased emissions from the Kashtak outlet. Most of the plant’s waste water is now emitted into the Balandino storage pond.
In August, the plant launched biological rehabilitation of its ponds with chlorella microalgae. This experiment continued for four months. During this period, the microalgae were introduced into the pond 11 times.
In November, the plant signed an agreement for ecological cooperation with Chelyabinsk Region’s Governor Alexey Texler. The agreement outlines a complex of measures that would dramatically reduce the plant’s impact on water objects and improve industrial waste cleaning.