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Emirates Steel inks deal with Ecofer to upcycle 1.6 million tonnes of slag

The 10-year deal will see Emirates Steel recycle and sell slag, a by-product of steel production, to construction companies

Steel slag will reuse slag.
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Steel slag will reuse slag.

Finnish firm Ecofer Technologies will process 1.6 million tonnes of steel by-product slag over a two year-period following a deal with the UAE's Emirates Steel that will take effect in 2020 and provide the Emirati building materials giant slag management services for the next 10 years in a bid to boost recycling and waste management

Ecofer will process slag from Emirates Steel's electric arc furnace (EAF) and ladle furnace as part of its deal.

Crushed to 1-5mm granules, the slag will be sold as a raw product for the construction industry after any remaining metals have been extracted from the slag.

Additionally, Ecofer will process refractory, heat-resistant materials that are exhausted during manufacturing.

Commenting on the agreement, Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, chief executive officer of Emirates Steel, said: “By deploying advanced technological solutions such as those offered by Ecofer, we will be processing 800,000 tonnes [of slag] per year, so over the first two years, we will process around 1.6 [million tonnes]."

Managing partner at Ecofer Technologies, Ismail Fahmy, said the initiative was the group’s first of its kind in the UAE, and follows an agreement with Ezz Steel in Egypt earlier this year.

A subsidiary of General Holding Corporation, which is also known as Senaat, Emirates Steel has been recycling its EAF slag product since 2014.

The company said roughly 2.8 tonnes of EAF slag was produced and sold to the construction industry over the past five years.

When efficiently recycled, EAF slag has many uses within the construction and road industry due to its mechanical properties, strength, wear resistance, and shape.

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