Sarralle takes a great leap forward with the award of a new project for ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corporation, and a major one in terms of its characteristics and size. It is a GREENFIELD project to build a complete plant to manufacture high-technology steel for AM/NS Calvert in Mobile, Alabama. The plant will be commissioned in H1 2023, and will have a production capacity of 1.5 million tns. slabs of high-quality steel.
For Sarralle, the start-up of the steelmaking facility represents a major milestone, as it is one of the most technologically advanced steel plant in the world, both in terms of production (due to its capacity and quality) and environmental impact.
This has been made possible thanks to the experience, know-how and capability shown by Sarralle in its 55 years of activity in the steelmaking sector.
THE SMARTEST STEEL IN THE WORLD
The project is part of a 775-million-dollar expansion plan by AM/NS Calvert in Mobile County that started in February 2021 for a period of 24 months and will allow AM/NS Calvert to produce 1.5 million tns. slabs of steel from its own facility. One of its main clients will be the automotive sector.
The plant will include the following latest-generated equipment by Sarralle:
Sarralle Blue Efficient Arc, a 180-tonne DC Electric Arc Furnace.
A 180-tonne Twin Ladle Furnace.
A material handling plant to supply a series of workstations, including the addition of pre-reduced materials to the Electric Arc Furnace.
Sarralle Bluesky Plant, the latest-generation fume treatment system by Sarralle.
The Statcom system, to comply with the strictest requirements of the power grid.
Other auxiliary equipment that complements the main ones mentioned above.
The state-of-the-art equipment incorporates the most advanced technologies to create a smarter, automated, environment-friendly, efficient and safe plant.
As for safety, the design of the equipment includes a number of technological solutions to ensure safe operations: solutions such as the automatic opening of the EBT, automatic filling of the EBT, an automatic slag door, a sample-collecting robot and autotapping system, among others.
From the environmental point of view, the plant represents a major milestone because it allows more efficient operation of the equipment, and greater sustainability, among other benefits.
The new strategic greenfield plant supplied by Sarralle will enable AM/NS Calvert to improve its competitive position in the international market, as well as generate a major economic impact in the State of Alabama through the creation of 200 direct and 100 indirect jobs for the operation of the plant. Furthermore, it is expected that 500 jobs will be created in the assembly and start-up phases during the construction period of the plant.
ARCELORMITTAL AND SARRALLE
The relationship between ArcelorMittal and Sarralle is one of stable cooperation and trust over the last 55 years. During this time, Sarralle has carried out more than 50 projects for ArcelorMittal worldwide. In the short term, Sarralle will include the AM/NS Calvert project in its portfolio of large front-line international projects, as well as other projects carried out in the United States, in SDI Roanoke and Nucor Birmingham, among others.