US Steel to build two new facilities in Pennsylvania with $1bn investment

WCN Editorial Team 3 May 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

United States Steel (US Steel) is set to invest more than $1bn for the construction of a new sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pennsylvania, and a cogeneration facility at its Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

US Steel stated that the both facilities form part of its Mon Valley Works.

The endless casting and rolling technology will combine US Steel’s thin slab casting and hot rolled band production into one continuous process and is claimed to make Mon Valley Works the first facility of its kind in the US.

The installation is expected to give US Steel the ability to improve quality and attributes of its products for its customers across appliance, construction and industrial markets.

With the investment, Mon Valley Works will become the primary source of substrate for producing the company’s XG3 Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) that helps automotive customers in meeting fuel efficiency standards.

Equipped with emissions control systems, the new cogeneration facility at Clairton Plant will use a portion of coke oven gas generated from the plant to generate electricity to power the steelmaking and finishing facilities across its Mon Valley operations.

US Steel President and CEO David Burritt said: “This is a truly transformational investment for US Steel.

“We are combining our integrated steelmaking process with industry-leading endless casting and rolling to reinvest in steelmaking and secure the future for a new generation of steelworkers in Western Pennsylvania and the Mon Valley.

“US Steel’s investment in leading technology and advanced manufacturing aligns with our vision to be the industry leader in delivering high-quality, value-added products and innovative solutions that address our customers’ most challenging steel needs for the future.

“We believe that adding sustainable steel technology to our footprint will create long-term value for our employees, our region, our customers and our investors.”

The new facilities are expected to optimise the operations at Mon Valley Works and other of US Steel’s facilities without increasing the overall steelmaking capacity. The new endless casting and rolling facility will replace the existing slab caster and hot strip mill facilities.

Subject to permitting and construction, the first coil production is expected in 2022.

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Image: US Steel to invest $1bn to build two new facilities in Pennsylvania. Photo: Courtesy of Martinelle/Pixabay.

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