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
"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.