ArcelorMittal Belgium will reduce CO2 emissions by 3.9 million metric tons per year by 2030 by building a 2.5-million-metric-ton direct reduced iron (DRI) plant and two electric-arc furnaces (EAFs) at its Ghent site to operate alongside a blast furnace that is ready to take waste wood and plastics as a substitute for fossil carbon. A DRI plant uses natural gas, and potentially hydrogen, instead of coal to reduce iron ore, which results in a reduction in CO2 emissions compared with blast-furnace ironmaking. The two EAFs will melt the DRI and scrap steel, which will then be transformed into steel slabs and then further processed into finished products.
Primetals Technologies started up an electric-arc furnace (EAF) it supplied to specialty materials producer Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) for its Latrobe, Pa., facility. The EAF, which is designed to process a wide range of input materials and will replace equipment coming to the end of its useful life, increases flexibility and reliability while reducing energy consumption and maintenance requirements. It is part of ATI’s transformation of its Specialty Rolled Products business, which serves customers in aerospace, defense and other highly demanding markets. Primetals Technologies engineered the EAF specifically for foundry applications. It is suitable for melting and refining. The project also included the hydraulics for furnace movement and automation systems.
Steel production started up at Tenaris’ first U.S. melt shop in Koppel, Pa. The facility, part of the company’s strategic acquisition of IPSCO in 2020, began producing steel bars following a year-long investment of more than $15 million in upgrades. It will soon supply steel bars for Tenaris’ seamless pipe mills in the U.S. and Canada. The investments included expansion of the mill’s capabilities to produce a wider range of steel bars. This work entailed new design and install of molds for the caster, where the liquid steel is solidified, and other structural reinforcements. The Koppel facility is expected to be fully commissioned by end of summer.
Primetals Technologies will supply an RH degasser, continuous slab casting machine and material-handling equipment to AM/NS Calvert for its new steel meltshop in Calvert, Ala. A 50-50 joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corp. (NSC), the facility will be capable of producing 1.5 million tons of slabs annually to feed its existing hot-strip mill. This expansion will give AM/NS Calvert full control of production quality and the flexibility to produce a range of high-quality steel grades for the automotive industry. Construction is expected to take two years.
Tenova LOI Thermprocess received an order from Belgium’s E-MAX group that includes engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of a twin-chamber melting furnace and a melting and casting furnace for the production upgrade and modernization of the E-MAX Kerkrade plant. Commissioning is scheduled for the beginning of 2022. E-MAX delivers sustainable, high-quality aluminum profiles to various sectors of the aluminum market. The Dutch branch in Kerkrade is the central operation plant in the E-MAX group for the production of extrusion billets.
Andritz received an order from Zouping Hongfa Aluminium Science Technology Co. Ltd., part of Weiqiao Aluminum Group, to supply one melting and holding furnace cell for its plant in Shandong Province, China. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. The furnace cell will include two 115-ton round-top melters and two 125-ton tilting holders. Andritz’s scope of supply includes engineering, manufacturing, commissioning, start-up and follow-up services. According to Andritz, the two melters are the largest ever supplied to China.
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.