Qatar Steel

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Coordinates: 24°57′4″N 51°34′29″E / 24.95111°N 51.57472°E / 24.95111; 51.57472

Qatar Steel
Government Corporation
Industry Steel Milling
Founded 1974; 41 years ago (1974)
Headquarters Mesaieed, Qatar
Key people
Yousef Hussain Kamal, Chairman
Ali Hassan Al-Muraikhi, Director and General Manager
Products Sponge Iron
Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI)
Steel Billets
Deformed Bars
Wire-Rod and Rebar In Coils
Number of employees
Parent Industries Qatar
Subsidiaries Qatar Steel Company FZE

Qatar Steel (formerly QASCO)[1] was formed in 1974 as the first integrated steel plant in the Persian Gulf. Commercial production commenced in 1978 with the company becoming wholly owned by Industries Qatar in 2003.

Business Organization[edit]

Plant facilities includes a Midrex process based DRI/HBI Combo Mega Module, electric arc furnaces with a ladle refining furnace, a continuous casting plant and rolling mills. Other auxiliaries include jetty facilities, a main power substation, quality control center, maintenance shops and facilities for sea/fresh water, compressed air, natural gas and a clinic. It is named in top four steel producers in the Middle East by MEED.[2] Its mill site is located in Mesaieed Industrial City 45 kilometres (28 mi) south of Doha. The company also operates a UAE based subsidiary Qatar Steel Company FZE.


Qatar Steel is the new corporate identity and the trade name for Qatar Steel Company, QSC. It was incorporated on October 14, 1974 by way of Emiri Decree No. 130 under its former name QASCO[1] as the first integrated steel plant in the Persian Gulf region. It was a joint venture between the Government of Qatar [70%] and two Japanese companies, Kobe Steel [20%] and Tokyo Boeki [10%]. It started its full operation and steel production in 1978 and in 1997, shares of Kobe Steel and Tokyo Boeki were acquired by the Government of Qatar, which was later transferred to Qatar Petroleum and thereafter to Industries Qatar (IQ)[3] during a reorganization in April 2003.


Year Milestone
1974 Qatar Steel was established on 14 October with its former name QASCO.[1]
1978 Commenced steel production.
1981 Achieved 1 million tons of production for DR,[4] EF,[5] CC[6] and RM.[7]
1989 Achieved 5 million tons of production from all plants.
1991 Acquired Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) mark certification.
1995 Acquired ISO 9002 certification.
1997 Fully owned by the Government of Qatar.
1999 Electric Arc Furnace 3 (EAF3) commissioned with a capacity of 622,000MT.
Acquired ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.
2002 Won accreditation to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Programme.
2003 Wholly owned and became one of the IQ[3] companies.
Marks 25th Silver Anniversary.
Implemented Oracle e-Business Suite to improve productivity[8]
Achieves SASO[9] certification.
Achieves 15 million tons production of molten steel and billets.
2007 Unveils new corporate identity with its new brand name Qatar Steel bearing the slogan “We Make Steel Matter”.[10]
2008 Celebrates 30 years in business[11]
Named in top four steel producers in the Middle East by MEED[2]

Environmental commitment[edit]

Compared to other steel plants the Qatar Steel's most significant advantage is that its production is based on DRI which uses clean raw material. It employs various methods of recycling and re-using production waste, basing its production process on the utilization of clean raw materials and, steel making technology that is the lowest producer of CO2 emission per ton.

  • Environment Management Program
    Under an Environment Management Program, the company’s most significant environmental contribution is centered on diffusing dust emissions, which to a large degree are the results of technology utilized in the 1970s. The revamping of the dust collection system in the existing facilities is within the scope of these projects.
    As a part of waste management, Qatar Steel continues to study various options to re-using / re-cycling its production waste. Palletizing DR product dust and EF dust, recycling of Refractory bricks and extracting iron from slag are some of the programs under progress. The utilization of used tyres as a carbon source in the steel melting process is an achievement in the right direction. This project may be able to contribute to solving or reducing a major community waste problem.
  • ISO 14001:2004
    The company migrates to the new environmental ISO 14001:2004 standard as another move towards these globally accepted environment standards. The alignment of environmental objectives, targets and programs with the corporate HSE[12] objective were considered significant achievements during this transition.[13][citation needed]

Facilities in Dubai[edit]

Qatar Steel Company FZE[14] was established in August 2003 to produce steel wire-rod products.

The company operates two primary facilities at its 60,000 Sq. meter Jebel Ali Free Zone site: An upgraded Wire Rod Mill with an installed capacity of 240,000 metric tonnes [MT] per annum and the present Rebar Mill with an annual capacity of 50,000 MT. The latter is soon to be replaced by a modern new Bar Mill from VAI–POMINI with a 300,000 MT capacity.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c From the first letters of Qatar Steel Company
  2. ^ a b Middle East Business Intelligence AMEinfo.
  3. ^ a b Industries Qatar (IQ)
  4. ^ Direct Reduction
  5. ^ Electric Furnace
  6. ^ Continuous Casting
  7. ^ Rolling Mill
  8. ^
  9. ^ Saudi Arabian Standards Organization
  10. ^ Qatar Steel Brand
  11. ^ AME Info Report
  12. ^ Health, Safety and Environment
  13. ^ Corporate Excellence
  14. ^ Free Zone Establishment

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External links[edit]

  • Qatar Steel Corporate Website, About Us