Andy BILLINGHAM, Iveta FIALOVA
Cameras to monitor chimneys
The construction of a new facility for desulfurizing cokery gases on the premises of the Chemia operation at the Cokery Division is using space freed up by the
removal of old, unused buildings. Two weeks ago the 30-meter brick chimney for the old pipe furnace was razed to the ground together with a concrete fire-protection wall, and in the last few days
the so-called potash building disappeared from the face of the earth. All of these buildings were non-functional and had been out of use for several years, except for the potash building, which
had been serving as storage space. The removal was carried out by a specialized demolition firm. Explosive charges were used under strict safety conditions. In early August the last couple of
buildings preventing the construction of the desulfurizing facility will be removed - the cooling towers.
New generation cable connection
The modernization of U. S. Steel Kosice's input substation, which is part of the steelworks' new link-up with the 400 kV very high tension electricity
supply network, is currently 80 per cent complete. The new transformers are rigged out, and the fitters are getting on with connecting up the cables for the tertiary output from the 400 kV units.
For this output they are installing new generation equipment - a special cable conductor which replaces the six original classic cables in one phase, each one being 500 square millimeters in
cross-section. This is operationally the most reliable solution, minimizing and simplifying maintenance and reducing installation costs.
E-learning courses are beneficial
The possibility of developing and improving their knowledge and skills by means of self-directed study is currently available to U. S. Steel Kosice
employees through nine e-learning courses. Six of them are in fact brand-new. They comprise management courses dealing with time-management issues, presentational skills, team-work,
problem-solving and decision-making, balancing work and personal life, and motivating people. During the few weeks since the launch of these management training e-learning courses, the Human
Resources staff have recorded the best part of 2850 people completing one or more of them.