Furnace hall with associated infrastructure
The main intention of the investor was to increase the production capacity of the existing steelworks located in Norway by building a new, world’s largest silicone furnace. The implementation of this plan required the construction of a furnace building, a pumping station building supplying water for the furnace’s production and cooling processes, and the construction of an external exhaust gas pipeline from the furnace to the existing filter building. All design tasks in this area were entrusted to the NAVIC team.
The project, which lasted for two years, from the early conceptual phase to the final execution projects, required close cooperation with an international team of engineers from the Investor and preferred equipment suppliers.
The furnace building, which was situated on stilts, was designed taking into account the restrictive requirements of the furnace supplier in terms of acceptable dimensions of the supporting structure and its movements.
The installation discharging exhaust fumes from the furnace required a pipeline with a diameter of 3m to be led through the entire area of the steelworks, taking into account the extensive infrastructure, both aboveground and underground.
The design works related to the pumping station included both the building located at the quay and the design of internal and external pipelines, including the main pipelines feeding the furnace cooling installation.
All projects were made in 3D, which allowed for excellent coordination with the client and all equipment suppliers.
2,000 t of steel structure for the furnace building itself,
7,000 m3 of reinforced concrete structure in the building,
300 m of external channel 3 m diameter,
1,900 t – weight of the furnace with charge.