OKK Koksovny a.s. (OKK), Europe’s largest producer of foundry coke and subsidiary of New World Resources N.V. (NWR), a leading hard coal and coke producer, has commenced trial operations at its new coke battery at the Svoboda coking plant in Ostrava, the Czech Republic.
The new battery, which is scheduled to become fully operational in Q1 2011, is a key part of this year’s capital investment programme, allowing OKK to consolidate all coke production at a single, more efficient coking plant. New technologies installed in the battery enable it to meet the most stringent European Union environmental standards and legislation.
The construction of the new still-type battery, with compacted charging and 56 chambers, took place while the coking plant was in full operation. After completion it will be possible to definitively terminate production at the Šverma coking plant, which has reached the end of its operational life. Following the transfer of production to the Svoboda coking plant, OKK’s total production capacity will be 850,000 tpa of blast furnace and foundry coke.
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