U.S. Steel says its new electric arc furnace is up and running at its Fairfield operations.
“The EAF significantly enhances our ability to deliver customer-centric solution and results,” says David Burritt, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker. “We made a commitment to add electric arc steelmaking to our operating footprint as part of our ‘Best of Both’ strategy. This successful start-up delivers on that promise, and I am very pleased with the way our people safely accomplished this while navigating the disruptive influences of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The new Fairfield furnace, which uses electric energy to melt steel scrap into liquid steel, began operation on Oct. 20, the company said. The new furnace will have a capacity of making 1.6 million tons of steel a year.
U.S. Steel, founded in 1901, is a Fortune 250 company with extensive iron ore production and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 22 million net tons. The company produces steel products for the automotive, infrastructure, appliance, container and energy industries.