US Steel has broken ground in Osceola, Arkansas on the company’s next-generation highly sustainable and technologically advanced steel mill. The $3 billion steelmaking facility will be the most advanced in North America and the largest private project in the history of Arkansas.
“Several years ago, we embarked on a transformative vision for US Steel,” said the company’s president and CEO David B. Burritt. “Now we celebrate, as we take another significant step forward in becoming the steel company of the future. This facility is engineered to bring together the most advanced technology, to create the steel mill of the future that delivers profitable sustainable solutions for our customers.”
The new plant will be adjacent to US Steel’s Big River Steel. Together, the two facilities will be known as Big River Steel Works. The new plant is expected to bring 900 plant jobs to the area, along with thousands of construction jobs. State, county, and local officials, along with key business partners Entergy and BNSF, joined Burritt to celebrate investment.
The new optimised steel production facility is expected to feature two electric arc furnaces (EAFs) with 3Mt/yr of advanced steelmaking capability, a state-of-the-art endless casting and rolling line, and advanced finishing capabilities. This first use of endless casting and rolling technology in the United States brings significant energy, efficiency, and capability enhancements to the company’s operations.
"This facility is engineered to bring together the most advanced technology, to create the steel mill of the future that delivers profitable sustainable solutions for our customers.”David B Burritt, president and CEO, US Steel
Project completion and full operation is anticipated by 2024. Upon completion, this project will apply to become LEED® certified, just like the original Big River Steel.
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