SeverCorr has begun producing hot-rolled steel coils with the start of operation in the facility’s new meltshop, caster and hot mill in Lowndes County, Miss. Designed for producing high-quality exposed steels, the SeverCorr meltshop utilizes an SMS Demag electric arc furnace (EAF) capable of melting 1.7 million tons of steel annually. The eccentric bottom-tapping DC furnace taps 165 tons, which is further treated in the facility’s ladle metallurgy furnace (LMF) and vacuum degasser. The meltshop is supported by a state-of-the-art alloy feed system supplied by Core Furnace Systems. With a 74-inch mold, SeverCorr’s caster is the widest of any continuous-strip production system in North America.
The alloy feed system includes flux charging for the EAF and LMF, alloy-feeding systems for the ladle furnace and vacuum degasser, and metallics charging and carbon injection for the EAF. In phase one of SeverCorr’s operations, the six-stand hot mill will initially produce over 1.5 million tons of high-quality steels per year.