by Aleksander Sobolewski, Bartosz Mertas
Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Zabrze,
In recent years there is noticed continuous increase of coke production but mainly outside Europe.
BF operator faces dilemma either buy coking coal for own coke plant or buy coke on free market. Both are subjects to the risks.
The most often situation for BF operator is: own coke production(100% own battery capacity) what supplies 70-80% of maximum coke consumption plus supplementary coke purchase on the market up to full coke consumption.
Coke quality requirements and EU coke production capacity.