Algoma Steel Group Inc is to construct two new state-of-the-art electric-arc-furnaces (EAF) to replace its existing blast furnace and basic oxygen steelmaking operations. The transformation is expected to reduce Algoma’s carbon emissions by approximately 70%, making the project among Canada’s lowest-cost-per-tonne of GHG reduction.
Algoma Steel EAF Melt Shop Building and JNE Consulting have designed the supply and installation of a new Electric Arc Furnace at Algoma’s flagship plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Walters will use Algoma’s steel plate products to fabricate the heavy structural components and work with the local industrial contractor, SIS Manufacturing Inc., to fabricate these key elements. Onsite assembly of the building structure is expected to commence in the fall of 2022, with completion targeted within a year.
Walters will provide detailing and supply and install structural steel, heavy crane girders, stick steel and plate modules. Additionally, Walters is responsible for all the connection engineering on the project.
Walters Field Services will be responsible for the installation of the main structure in addition to the necessary dust collection hoods.
The EAF dust hood above the furnaces will exhaust all smoke and heat through an intricate duct system to the scrubbers to remove environmental pollutants. The dust hood design and installation will be a challenge weighing approximately 900 tonnes and requiring a 450-ton crane for final placement.