(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Emirates Steel succeeded this month in rolling out the first beams declaring the start of the hot commissioning of the first Heavy Section Mill in the region at a cost of around AED 2.4 billion. Emirates News Agency "WAM" reported that the steelmaker can now produce large-size sections, beams, columns and sheet piles adding that the commissioning of the mill came after months of after positive results of hot trials during the month of November.
Constructed by Italy's Danieli, the Emirates Steel Heavy Section Mill will produce parallel-flange beams, columns and bearing piles with up to 1,016 millimeter web depth and 419 flange width, up to 430 millimeter parallel flange channels, 250 millimeter angles, 750 millimeter U-sheet piles and 630 millimeter Z-sheet piles using 350x220 millimeter conticast blooms and up to 1050x460x120 millimeter beam blanks as starting material, the company added.
Emirates Steel, which is a direct subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (ADBIC) which is, in turn, wholly-owned by the General Holding Company (GHC), had launched in January 2006 a two-phased Expansion Program worth US 2.45 billion.
Phase 1 was completed in June 2009, Phase 2A in March 2011 and Phase 2B in December 2011. The new Heavy section Mill will be integrated with the second 1.4 MTPA Steel Meltshop and the associated Direct Reduction Plant already started successfully in autumn 2010.