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Republic Steel flips switch on 150-ton EF

Keywords: Tags  Republic Steel, special bar quality, SBQ, electric-arc furnace, EF, furnace commissioning, capital project, Jaime Vigil Lorain mill

NEW YORK — 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 Lorain’s 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.

When fully 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.

"This latest investment in Republic Steel demonstrates our commitment to exceeding our customer’s expectations and satisfying both their current and future volume requirements," Republic Steel president and chief executive officer Jaime Vigil said in a statement.

In August, the EF at Republic’s Canton plant suffered a transformer failure, resulting in delays in some deliveries, customers said (, 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.

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