Despite coronavirus-related delays this spring, North Star BlueScope (Delta, Ohio) plans to continue the $700 million electric-arc furnace expansion, its parent company, BlueScope (Melbourne, Australia), reported in August.
The minimill expansion will add about 850,000 mt per year of capacity to the plant, according to news reports.
The company plans to start commissioning in the second half of 2022, with a “full ramp-up” about 18 months later, it says. In the first half of 2020 it has made progress in design engineering as well as construction of the melt shop building expansion and equipment foundations; it expects to begin receiving key equipment for the facility in the first half of 2021.
In a review of its fiscal year 2020 financial results, BlueScope executives noted trends supporting the project include “high cost legacy blast furnace producers” in that region who are idling and mothballing capacity or reducing output, its high capacity utilization compared with the U.S. average, and a favorable supply-demand balance outlook in the medium term. Visit www.bluescope.com.