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BAT examples from the Nordic iron and steel industry

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This report deals with "production of iron and steel" and "ferrous metals processing industry". The main purpose of the study is to support the coming updating work of the present BREF´s (BAT Reference Documents) in the corresponding areas, and also to promote the possibilities to include Nordic examples in these BREF-areas. The study made it very clear, that there are a lot of BAT-level processes, sub-processes, measuring technologies etc. in both areas. The study includes a total of 35 objects, which are rather well divided into the "steel production" and "ferrous metals processing" areas. In addition to the new descriptions of the Nordic BAT-level objects the both present BREF's are commented from today point of view. The project was carried out by MEFOS - Metallurgical Research Institute AB in Luleå, Sweden, and supervised by the Nordic BAT-group.

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Evaluation of the selected objects from the BAT point of view

The basic idea when working out this document was to find out good Nordic examples, examples which according to our own and other Nordic expertise are representing a good BAT level. In practice it means, that the objects (good examples) in this document all belong to the “group of the best in the European class”. It is absolutely impossible to use the impression “the best in Europe”, and that has also been avoided. In some cases, as a very good example: “Nordic blast furnace practice”, it can be established, that these practices represent the absolutely top level in Europe (and in the world) in BAT meaning.

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