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Essar Steel Algoma to finish energy upgrade in '13

Keywords: Tags  Essar Steel Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, steelmaking, steel plate, steel strip, hot-rolled sheet, cold-rolled sheet energy infrastructure

NEW YORK — Essar Steel Algoma Inc. is set to complete a Canadian $30-million ($30.4-million) project to revamp the energy infrastructure at its Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, steelmaking operations by early 2013.

Before the company addressed its "aging" energy infrastructure, "access to the lines for ongoing maintenance was difficult, capacity was a limiting factor and the layout was suboptimal for the current plant configuration," the company told AMM in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.

The site’s new energy corridor will facilitate the distribution of natural gas, steam, by-product gases, slurry, oxygen, nitrogen, condensate and compressed air across the steelworks, the Sault Ste. Marie-based company said.

An Essar Steel Algoma spokeswoman told AMM that the project, which began in 2009, is targeted for completion in the first quarter of 2013. The first corridor is complete, and a second is now in the final stages of construction.

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