Tornio - Ferrochrome

Business Area Ferrochrome

At Outokumpu’s Tornio plant, ferrochrome production takes place onsite using raw materials mined nearby in Kemi. For stainless steel customers who need to know precisely the origin of their products, this delivers peace of mind.

Outokumpu’s biggest integrated plant, Tornio, boasts a comprehensive production chain that starts with chrome from its Kemi Mine and ends with product shipments from Röyttä Harbor (Port of Tornio). Tornio Ferrochrome Works is at the heart of it all, playing a key role in an impressive continuum of quality.

Tornio ferrochrome makes Outokumpu self-sufficient in the most important raw material of stainless steel: chrome. Using Best Available Technogies (BAT), Tornio ferrochrome operations consist of sintering, smelting, crushing and screening. Molten ferrochrome is delivered direct to the Tornio stainless steel melt shop making the production chain unique in the world: transportation costs are minimized and energy is saved. Ferrochrome is transported to Outokumpu’s other melt shops in Avesta, Sheffield and Calvert, and also sold to external customers.

Long committed to sustainability, Outokumpu has even devised a way to use carbon monoxide generated through Tornio operations to replace propane as a primary energy source, cutting costs and CO2 emissions. Outokumpu also actively protects Tornio’s coastal environment. Even with steadily rising production, water quality is high and rare species of birds nest in a nearby conservation area.

Ferrochrome production in Tornio dates back to 1968, following discovery of chrome ore deposits in Kemi in 1959. There are three ferrochrome smelting furnaces in Tornio. The newest began operation in 2013, doubling ferrochrome production capacity to 530 tonnes per annum. Outokumpu Ferrochrome works is part of Outokumpu Chrome Oy. Alongside Ferrochrome Works, Outokumpu operates the stainless steel plant in Tornio and Outokumpu Shipping Oy operates the port.

Read the Introduction to safety and environmental protection at Outokumpu’s Tornio plant.

 

Key capabilities

Most integrated steel plant in the world

  • In Tornio, the production chain starts in Outokumpu’s Kemi chrome mine and extends through shipment of finished material.

Comprehensive production

  • Ferrochrome works makes Outokumpu self-sufficient in the most important raw material of stainless steel.

Massive machines at work

  • Tornio Ferrochrome Works doubled its capacity of ferrochrome production in 2013 to a total capacity of 530,000 tonnes per annum. The plant is one of the largest in the world and is dedicated to meeting customer requirements for high quality and the strictest safety standards.

We produce

Ferrochrome
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Code of conduct for applying for service supplier/contractor access passes

Access to the Tornio plant area and Kemi Mine requires an access pass which is supplied as an ID card with a Flexim key. The ID cards are printed at the area control center of the Tornio plants and the information point at Kemi Mine.

The card is personal. Any misuse of the card, such as passing through gates using another person’s card, will result in the forfeiture of the ID card.

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