Special bar quality (SBQ) producer Republic Steel has begun hot
commissioning a new 150-ton electric-arc furnace (EF) at its
Lorain, Ohio, plant, the company said.
"The new EF has just
entered a trial phase with the first heat," a Republic
spokesman told AMM Nov. 26. "The charge composition
was 100-percent scrap."
Start-up of the
$85-million furnace, some six months later than originally
anticipated, will supply Lorain with more than 1 million tons
of molten steel annually for the production of bloom and billet
cast semifinished, bar and coil products.
Plans call for initial
heats to be cast into 6- x 6-inch billets and rolled on
Lorains 9/10-inch rolling mill. Canton, Ohio-based
Republic expects production on the billet caster to ramp up
over the next several months, with bloom cast production slated
to begin in February of next year.
operational, the furnace will enable the high-quality
production of SBQ bar and coil from 0.295-inch to
6½-inch diameter and 6-inch, 11⅝-inch,
12¼-inch and 13½-inch seamless tube rounds.
investment in Republic Steel demonstrates our commitment to
exceeding our customers expectations and satisfying both
their current and future volume requirements," Republic Steel
president and chief executive officer Jaime Vigil said in a
In August, the EF at
Republics Canton plant suffered a transformer failure,
resulting in delays in some deliveries, customers said (
amm.com, Oct. 21).
Major contractors for
the project include Zurich-based SMS Concast AG for EF process
equipment, Munich-based Siemens AG for yard substation and
related equipment and Brescia, Italy-based Transformer Electro
Service Srl for the furnace transformer.