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North Star BlueScope Expansion Planned

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North Star BlueScope will increase hot-rolled coil production at its facility by 850,000 tons annually with an expansion at its facility in Delta, Ohio. The board of parent company, Australia’s BlueScope, approved the expansion in mid-August.

The company claims the “incremental melt capacity of 1.4 million metric coiled tons allows for further potential upside over time, with further debottlenecking of the hot-strip mill.”

The expansion includes the addition of a third electric arc furnace, second slab caster and a new shuttle furnace, with spare capacity on the existing hot strip mill to be used.

The project is expected to cost approximately $700 million, with commissioning of the plant anticipated in 2022 and full ramp-up approximately 18 months later.

BlueStar executives claimed the U.S. remains an attractive market for the company, and the expansion is consistent with the country’s transition to “highly efficient EAF suppliers.” They said the attractive location, recent idling of blast furnace HRC capacity and balanced supply and demand equation in 2023 supports the expansion.

Pat Finan, chief executive of hot rolled products North America will be responsible for both the North Star operations and expansion project.

North Star BlueScope is currently a single-site EAF producer of HRC, with sales targeted at the Midwest market. It sells predominantly to service centers.