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Ural's Megafactory: Russia's Largest Steel Mill (Photos)

Largest stainless steel producer in Russia, employs 17,000 people on one site

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This photo essay originally appeared at Russia Beyond the Headlines


Metallurgy is the Chelyabinsk Region’s leading industrial sector, accounting for more than 60% of the region’s total industrial output. Chelyabinsk is one of the largest metal producers in Russia, and with its industrial landscape and smoke stacks, it sometimes gives the impression of Mordor from Lord of the Rings.

The Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant is Russia’s largest full enterprise with a full metallurgical cycle that produces high-quality steel. The Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant is Russia’s fifth largest producer of iron and steel in terms of rolled metal production and is the country’s largest stainless steel manufacturer.

The plant is situated on 22 square kilometers organized in a monotown style. It provides jobs to 17,000 people and is part of Mechel, a Russian mining and metallurgical company. The plant’s furnace works around the clock.
Takes up 22 sq km

The fires are extinguished only once every 10 to 20 years to make major renovations after many of its structural elements become deteriorated after years of constant wear and tear.
Inferno

The furnace’s temperature reaches 1,300 degrees Celsius.

Foundry workers

The plant’s furnace works around the clock. The fires are extinguished only once every 10 to 20 years to make major renovations after many of its structural elements become deteriorated after years of constant wear and tear.

Ninth hell

The furnace’s temperature reaches 1,300 degrees Celsius.
Pouring slag

Slag is a by-product or waste material resulting from the production of metal. After the remains of valuable metal components have been washed out, it is sent to the dump.

Locomotive

In its 70 years of operation, the plant has produced 175 million tons of coking coal, 120 million tons of agglomerate, 200 million tons of cast iron, 270 million tons of steel, and has shipped 225 million tons of metal products.

Dust


The Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant
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