Project for Provision of Blast Furnace Blower and Power Generation Facilities for Brazilian Gerdau Acominas

Aug. 17. 2005
Marubeni Corporation

The consortium comprised of Marubeni Corporation, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Promon Engenharia S.A. and Siemens Ltda. won an order to build a blast furnace blower unit and power generation facilities for Gerdau Acominas S.A. of the Federative Republic of Brazil and signed a contract for the order.  The contract is worth approximately 4 billion yen and construction is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2007.

Gerdau Acominas’ steel plant situated in Ouro Branco, in the central eastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, is one of Brazil’s largest steel plants as a facility for the production of steel bars.  This project will constitute part of the expansion project the steel plant is promoting to boost annual production from 3 million tons to 4.5 million tons.

The concerned facilities are designed to achieve effective energy utilization in the steel plant by being structured to use the exhaust gas in the steel plant to drive a steam turbine and have this power the blower.  The power generation capacity will be 35MW, where Marubeni and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding will supply the blower equipment, Siemens will supply the power generation equipment and Promon Engenharia will oversee the entire design and supply auxiliary equipment.

Although business talks have been in heated battle with European manufacturers since last year, high evaluations of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding’s technical capabilities and Marubeni’s coordination and extensive track record in Brazil led to being awarded the order.

Marubeni will continue to focus on steel plant orders in Brazil.

[Overview of Companies]


Address              : Minas Gerais, Brazil
Representative   : Luiz Andre Rico Vicente
Paid-in capital     : Approx. US$955 million (equivalent in Brazil’s Real)
Line of business  : Steel manufacturing


Address              : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Representative   : Elfer Philbois Albaneze
Paid-in capital     : Approx. US$30 million (equivalent in Brazil’s real)
Line of business  : Engineering


Address              : San Paulo, Brazil
Representative   : Adilson Antonio Primo
Paid-in capital     : US$131 million (equivalent in Brazil’s Real)
Line of business  : Electronics manufacturing


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