Nucor Corp. signed a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) for 250 megawatts of solar energy in Texas. According to Nucor, the agreement is its first VPPA and the largest of its kind for the steel industry. Construction on EDFR's solar project is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 with production of electricity estimated to begin in 2023. Once completed, the expected annual output of the solar facility will be the equivalent of the electricity consumed by nearly 50,000 average Texas homes.
If building cars in a carbon-neutral way is a challenge, making steel that way is a bigger one. Thyssenkrupp recently announced plans to build a factory that will be able to produce carbon-neutral steel by using hydrogen generated via renewables instead of coal.
Tenova has been contracted by Guangdong Nanfang Donghai Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. to supply two electric-arc furnaces (EAFs) and Consteel Evolution plants equipped with Consteerrer technology for its melt shop in Guandong Province, China. Tenova’s EAF Consteel Evolution will allow the steelmaker to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions while improving productivity. Consteerrer technology, which was jointly developed with ABB, is an electromagnetic stirring system that will provide more reliable and safer operations, higher steel quality and more precise logistics. It can be customized to match the needs of different EAF process steps.
Nucor Corp. broke ground on its 400-job, $1.7 billion steel-plate manufacturing mill in Meade County, Ky. The project is expected to employ up to 1,500 contractors during construction. Located along the Ohio River in Brandenburg, the 1.5-million-square-foot operation will provide Nucor with 1.2 million tons of annual capacity for steel-plate production. Full-time jobs will include equipment operators, production specialists, safety and environmental technicians, engineers and office support staff. The mill is scheduled to open in 2022.
U.S. Steel announced the successful start-up of its newly constructed, technologically advanced electric-arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking facility at its operations in Fairfield, Ala. The EAF, which will have an annual steelmaking capacity of 1.6 million tons, is the latest milestone providing customer value through the company’s “Best of Both” integrated and mini-mill technology strategy. In the start-up process, Fairfield EAF #1 commenced its first arc, charged and melted steel scrap and tapped its first heat of liquid steel on October 20.
Liberty Steel Group, part of GFG Alliance, announced that it made a non-binding indicative offer (NBIO) as part of a thyssenkrupp-led process to acquire the steel activities of thyssenkrupp. Liberty Steel, a global steel and mining business, has 30,000 employees in more than 200 locations on four continents. A possible combination of Liberty Steel and thyssenkrupp Steel would create a group well positioned to tackle the challenges faced by the European steel industry.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. entered into a definitive agreement with ArcelorMittal S.A. pursuant to which Cleveland-Cliffs will acquire substantially all of the operations of ArcelorMittal USA LLC and its subsidiaries for approximately $1.4 billion. Upon closure of the transaction, Cleveland-Cliffs will be the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America, with combined shipments of approximately 17 million net tons in 2019. The company will also be the largest iron-ore pellet producer in North America, with 28 million long tons of annual capacity. The assets acquired include six steelmaking facilities (Indiana Harbor, Burns Harbor, Cleveland, Coatesville, Steelton and Riverdale), eight finishing facilities, two iron-ore mining and pelletizing operations, and three coal and cokemaking operations.
Microsoft and Tenova, a Techint Group company, renewed their collaboration with the aim of guiding companies in the metals industry on their digital transformation journeys. Leveraging on the Microsoft Azure platform and Tenova’s solutions for the steel industry, the two companies intend to lead the digital transformation of the sector. The goal of this renewed partnership is to provide Italian companies in the metals industry with industrial solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI) in order to give value to the large amount of data coming from industrial plants.
Danieli received an order from Russian steelmaker OMK for a direct reduction plant that will include an electric-arc furnace (EAF) and direct reduced iron (DRI) technology. Part of a new melt shop at the Vyksa Steel Works, it will produce 2.5 million tons per year of slabs, seamless pipe and rail wheels. According to Danieli, it will be the largest single-module direct reduction plant in Russia. The facility will utilize Danieli’s Energiron DRI technology, which allows the processing of a wide range of iron-oxide pellet qualities and includes ultra-low-NOx burners.
Tenaris will invest $11 million at its melt shop in Koppel, Pa., to expand the plant’s size range capabilities. The facility’s caster line will undergo upgrades to increase its steel bar size capabilities and improve safety, IT and automation systems at the mill. The expansion will allow the melt shop to produce bars in a wider range of sizes while securing a reliable source of billets for Tenaris’ seamless mills in Bay City, Texas; Ambridge, Pa.; and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The project is expected to last 14 months, and it is scheduled for completion by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
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