Mexican steel producer TA 2000 S.A. de C.V. (TYASA) signed a contract with Primetals Technologies for a new twin-ladle furnace. The equipment will be installed at TYASA’s Ixtaczoquitlán site in the southeastern part of Mexico. TYASA started producing coils at the Ixtaczoquitlán a few years ago. This resulted in a need for additional capacity at the secondary metallurgy stage in the melt shop. Adding a new twin-ladle furnace will resolve this issue and increase performance. Installation of the 100-ton furnace will be executed with just minor impact on production. The integration of the twin-ladle furnace into the existing dedusting and water-treatment systems will be possible with no more than small modifications. Start-up is scheduled for July 2023.
In pursuing a shared ambition to reduce carbon emissions from iron and steel production, JSW Steel signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SMS group to explore multiple solutions and research-and-development projects to reduce carbon emissions in its ironmaking and steelmaking operations in India. Germany’s SMS group will support JSW Steel in improving its operational efficiency and environmental performance. The MOU also sets out an agenda for discussions about future areas of cooperation. Through this partnership, both businesses will be able to jointly look for ways of lowering carbon emissions and manufacturing green steel.
PRCO America Inc. began production at its refractories manufacturing plant in Mayfield, Ky., in August 2022. At full production, the plant – the company’s first in the United States – will produce 50,000-60,000 tons of resin-bonded refractory products for the steelmaking industry annually and employ approximately 50 people. The facility will produce resin-bonded magnesia carbon, resin-bonded magnesia-alumina-carbon and resin-bonded alumina refractory ceramic shapes used to line steel-processing furnaces.
Nucor Corp. will invest $200 million over a five-year period in mill modernization projects at its Nucor Steel Berkeley division located in Huger, S.C. A portion of the capital investment will include the construction of a new air-separation unit (ASU) for the purpose of supplying industrial gases for the mill’s steelmaking operations. When complete, the ASU will be operated by UIG LLC, a Nucor wholly owned subsidiary that specializes in industrial gas supply. This project will allow Nucor, through UIG, to produce and supply all the gases needed for the steel mill from the new Nucor-owned facility. Nucor Steel Berkeley is currently supplied with industrial gases under a long-term supply agreement.
Primetals Technologies received an order from German steelmaker Salzgitter for an electric-arc furnace (EAF) with a tapping weight of 220 tons. The EAF, which will have an annual capacity of 1.9 million tons of steel, will be installed at the company’s steel plant in Salzgitter. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2025. The EAF will include dust removal systems, a heat recovery system, a water management system, electrical compensation for grid stabilization and material handling for alloying materials and additives. It will also include Level 1 and 2 automation. The heat recovery system will convert much of the waste heat into steam, which is then fed back and used in other production units, and a condition-monitoring system will identify potential incidents before they occur.
United States Steel Corp., Equinor US Holdings Inc. and Shell US Gas & Power LLC entered into a non-exclusive cooperation agreement to advance a collaborative clean energy hub in the Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania region. The hub would focus on decarbonization opportunities that feature carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), as well as hydrogen production and utilization. The development of this hub and its associated infrastructure would generate new jobs, stimulate economic growth and help achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions.
Megasider Zaragoza S.A.U., part of the Megasa Group, placed an order with SMS group for a merchant bar mill equipped with environmentally friendly heating technology. It will replace the existing rolling mill, which was delivered by SMS in 2005. The facility, which is strategically located in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula near Zaragoza, Spain, will be designed to produce a range of merchant bar products to complement and expand the company’s existing product portfolio. SMS will supply a walking-beam furnace equipped with the latest reheating technology for eco-friendly operation. Based on a capacity of 120 tons per hour, the furnace will include SMS ZeroFlame HY2 burners, which are capable of operating with both natural gas and a blend of natural gas and hydrogen in any ratio.
Steel produced by electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmakers in the U.S. has a carbon intensity that is approximately 75% lower than traditional blast furnace steelmakers, according to an independent study of steelmakers worldwide conducted by CRU Group, a global business intelligence firm specializing in metals manufacturing. The study was released by the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), the largest steel association in the U.S. representing the EAF steel industry and over 70% of steel made in the U.S.
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Nucor Corp. will add a new melt shop at its bar mill in Kingman, Ariz. The $100 million facility will have the capacity to produce 600,000 tons annually and create approximately 140 new full-time jobs. Construction is expected to take two years pending permit and regulatory approvals. Nucor announced its intention to build a new melt shop at one of its existing bar mills in the western United States in September 2021. Nucor Steel Kingman is the ideal location for this project because it is a rolling mill that converts steel billets into coiled wire rod and rebar but lacks a melt shop.