Republic Steel Breaks Ground on New EAF
Republic Steel's new furnace is expected to increase the company's liquid steel production by 1.2 million tons annually. The new equipment will supply both Republic's bloom and billet casters allowing for the production of high-quality SBQ bar and coil from .295 to 6 ½ inches in diameter, and 6-, 10 ½-, 11 5/8-, 12 ¼- and 13 ½-inch-diameter seamless tube rounds. Features of the new state-of-the-art EAF include: a 150-ton heat size, eccentric bottom tapping (EBT), an exchangeable upper/lower shell, a 120/135-MVA furnace transformer, current conducting arms, oxy-fuel burners, carbon and lime injection systems, a temperature/sampling system, and level-1 and level-2 automation. Major contracts for the project have been awarded to SMS Concast (for EAF process equipment), Siemens (for the yard substation and related equipment) and TES (for the furnace transformer).