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Steel News March 29, 2019 01:00:35 PM

Big River Steel Osceola Plant to Undergo Massive Capacity Expansion

Paul Ploumis
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The expansion comprises of addition of a second strand, a second tunnel furnace and a down coiler to the CSP continuous strip plant.
Big River Steel Osceola Plant to Undergo Massive Capacity Expansion

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Big River Steel announced major expansion plans at its Osceola, Arkansas steel mill facility. The expansion will boost the plant’s production capacity to nearly 3 million tons.

According to company sources, it has already reached an agreement with Germany-headquartered SMS Group towards supply and installation of mechanical equipment and electrical and automation systems as well as digitalization of the plant.

The expansion comprises of addition of a second strand, a second tunnel furnace and a down coiler to the CSP continuous strip plant. Upon completion of the proposed expansion project, the mill will have two electric arc furnaces (EAFs) and two twin-ladle heating furnaces. In addition, the expansion will also see installation of state-of-the-art mechanical equipment and the industry-leading X-Pact electrical and automation systems. Further, the company will install the Product Quality Analyzer (PQA) system to control the process automation system.

David Stickler, CEO, Big River Steel said that he is fully confident that SMS Group will deliver a high-quality mill that meet highest standards in terms of product capability, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Meantime, Burkhard Dahmen, chairman of the managing board of SMS Group stated that the company is pleased to be awarded the order for the next expansion stage of the plant.

The Osceola, Arkansas steel mill facility produces wide range of products for pipeline construction, energy and electric motor applications and automotive industry.

This story originally appeared in www.recyclingtoday.com