Hertwich Engineering has received an order from Hydro Extrusion Lichtervelde NV for the supply of an Ecomelt PS200 multi-chamber melting furnace including a skimming machine. The plant with a melting capacity of 60,000 tonnes a year will be installed in the casthouse in Ghlin, Belgium. Commissioning is scheduled for the first half of 2019.
With this investment Hydro responses to the growing importance of scrap recycling, both manufacturing and turnaround scrap, within the extrusion industry. The Ecomelt PS furnace to be installed in Ghlin is especially designed for medium to heavily contaminated scrap.
The resulting pyrolysis gas volume when melting heavily contaminated scrap naturally reduces the demand for heating gas more than when melting relatively clean scrap. The energy consumption of this furnace type is between 300 and 550 kWh/t, depending on the condition of the scrap.