Plants at Avilés and Gijón now supply higher quality heavy steel plate with a reduced CO2 footprint, allowing customers to buy XCarb® green steel certificates to reduce their Scope 3 emissions.
Following an upgrade in 2020, the continuous slab caster No.2 at Avilés has been running at full capacity, supplying plates for several major offshore wind projects in the UK, France and the Netherlands. From September 2021, the caster has produced slabs of up to 2,200 mm width, 365 mm thickness, and weighing up to nearly 19 tonnes, broadening ArcelorMittal’s range of plates as a response to the needs of offshore wind tower masts manufacturers.
The 2020 upgrade included the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies such as Dynamic Soft Reduction (DSR) along with new systems to deliver better internal and external steel quality, including less segregation, better homogeneity and cleaner surface finish.
As part of its commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 35% in 2030 and achieve net-zero in 2050, ArcelorMittal Europe began coke-oven gas injection for Blast Furnace B in Gijón in early 2021. This initiative is reducing CO2 emissions by 125,000 tonnes a year; equivalent to the emissions generated by the annual consumption of 84,000 Spanish households.
Altogether, these investments deliver our European customers’ requirements for greener, high-quality and heavier plates for civil engineering, wind towers and offshore structures.
In addition, ArcelorMittal’s heavy plates qualify for XCarb® green steel certificates which allow our customers to report an equivalent reduction in their Scope 3 emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol for Corporate Accounting & Reporting.
Denis Parein, Commercial Head for heavy plates at ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products, commented, “These investments mean that we can supply heavy plates in the sizes and grades required for the most demanding projects, and with a reduced CO2 footprint”.
The new investment produces bigger plates of better internal and external quality