LOS ANGELES Evraz Inc. North America is in line to supply most of the steel plate for a major Pacific Northwest bridge project through a local service center, market sources told AMM.
John Rudi, president of Vancouver, Wash.-based Thompson Metal Fab Inc., told AMM that Los Angeles-based distribution chain Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.s Chapel Steel Corp. unit in Portland, Ore., will provide about 5,400 tons of plate to replace the Sellwood Bridge, which spans the Willamette River in Portland.
"My understanding is that they are buying (the plate) from domestic sources," said Rudi, who noted that the project includes three box arches.
While Rudi didnt identify the major plate mill supplying the project, several other market sources said that the great majority of material will be produced by Evraz Claymont Steel in Claymont, Del. Sources estimated the value of the plate being supplied for the project at $4.5 to $5 million.
Portland-based Chapel declined to comment, while a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Evraz couldnt be reached for comment.
Earlier, Evraz Claymont was reported to be one of three potential suppliers for the Sellwood project (amm.com, Dec. 17).
Although Evrazs North American arm operates a plate mill in Portland, which is closer to the project site, that facility is known for rolling plate primarily from imported slabs. The new bridge, which will replace an 87-year-old structure at a cost of approximately $300 million, is a "Buy America" project requiring domestically melted steel such as that produced by Claymont.
Rudi, whose company will fabricate the bridges steel spans, said that fabrication of the Sellwood Bridge plate is scheduled to start in April and be completed by July of next year, with erection beginning in summer 2014 and slated for completion in November 2014.
The plate will be primarily ATSM A709 Grade 50W weathering steel, a substantial amount of which has previously been described by market sources as likely to be in the thickness range of two to three inches.
Rudi noted that Thompson has also been working for the past year on construction of Bay Area Rapid Transits Oakland (Calif.) Airport connector, which includes six miles of elevated truss structure. This involves approximately 7,000 tons of steel, including a combination of shapes and pipe. Thompsons other specialties include oil rigs on Alaskas North Slope, which typically require 4,000 to 6,000 tons of steel per project.