US steel announces succesful start of new electric arc furnace

by David Fleschen

Today, U. S. Steel announced the successful start-up of its newly constructed, technologicallyadvanced electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking facility at its Fairfield, Alabama, operations. The EAF start-up is the latest milestone providing customer value throughthe company’s“Best of Both” integrated and mini-mill technology strategy.

Commenting on the start-up, U. S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Burritt said, “The EAF significantly enhances our ability to deliver customer-centric solutions and results. We made a commitment to add electric arc steelmaking to ouroperating footprint as part of our ‘Best of Both’ strategy. Thissuccessful start-up delivers on that promise, and I am very pleased with the way our people safely accomplished this while navigating the disruptive influences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We had the added benefit of using this project as a tool for technicalcollaboration withthe EAF experts at our ‘Best of Both’ partner,Big River Steel. Fairfield EAF #1 add significantly more sustainable steelmakingtechnologyto our portfolio.”Of the announcement, U. S. Steel Senior Vice President –Tubular Products Douglas R.Matthews said, “I am proud of the Fairfield team for their perseverance and continued focus throughout the construction and start-up processes, especially on our core value of safety. Weare excited toprovideour customers withmore sustainable tubular solutions, including our technicallyadvanced proprietary connections, to support their efforts to safely extract and transport the resources necessary to power our daily lives.”

Source: US Steel, Photo: Fotolia

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