As a company that is attuned to the market, Qatar Steel strives to introduce innovative products and solutions for customers, without compromising on environmental impact. The company’s focus on innovation is demonstrated through the Sustainability Roadmap. We monitor research and sustainability targets on a quarterly basis in four major areas:
New product development
Recycling and sustainability
The Research and Sustainability Department has been restructured to prioritize evaluation of existing feed materials as well as developing new sources including reuse, where applicable. The department oversees product stewardship, innovation, product development and sustainability.
One of the goals of the Sustainability Roadmap is to help Qatar Steel develop 10 new products by 2020. To date, Qatar Steel has developed two new high strength steel products and has more in the product pipeline. The company’s commitment to innovation is reflected by an investment expenditure of 2.6 million Qatari Riyals in 2016.
Qater Steel’s New Product Development Structure
Qatar Steel continuously develops more sustainable steel solutions to meet market demand, such as the need for High Strength Rebar (QS 600) with better deformation properties and wire rod grades for different applications.
RESEARCH ON SLAG RECYCLING IN COLLABORATION WITH GOVERNMENT ENTITIES
Qatar Steel’s production generates around 10% of total 2.5 million ton produced annually as a slag. In addition, there is around 1.5 million tons of slag stockpiled at the slag yard.
As a solution to this problem, a wide range of stakeholders were engaged in a research project aimed at studying the basic properties of slag and its potential use as an aggregate to replace imported gabbro used in asphalt, concrete, bound and unbound sub-bases.
Waste Recycling Innovation
The Qatar Steel Lime Calcination Plant (LCP) generates around 100 T/day of undersize (<10mm) lime and dolomite fines. These have not been utilized for many years, resulting in a stockpile of ~ 15,000 T, largely regarded as a waste by-product with no further application.
A lab scale and pilot plant study was conducted to convert this waste material into a briquetting product. After successful trial, currently around 350 – 400 T/month of lime briquettes are produced on a regular basis at the Qatar Steel Briquetting Plant for use by the Steel Making department.