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Sheet piles on way to iron ore project

Keywords: Tags  steel, construction, ArcelorMittal, Baffin Island, Arctic, Canada, iron ore, Mary River sheet piling

CHICAGO — ArcelorMittal SA is shipping steel sheet piles to the Canadian Arctic where they will be used to build a dock to serve the steelmaker’s joint venture Mary River iron ore project on Baffin Island.

The sheet piles, produced at the steelmaker’s Belval and Differdange mills in Luxembourg, will ship from Antwerp, Belgium, to Nunavut, Canada, the company said July 8.

The material will be used to construct a dock equipped with a two-tower radial ship loader and a conveyer system for loading vessels with ore, Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal said.

The Mary River project, a 50-50 joint venture between Toronto-based Nunavut Iron Ore Inc. and ArcelorMittal, could begin mining as soon as the third quarter of this year, with the first shipment of iron ore expected in 2015, the steelmaker said.

ArcelorMittal products could be made from Baffin Island iron ore in the future, the company said.

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