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Big River Steel - The world's first learning steel plant

On the banks of the Mississippi in Arkansas, USA, Big River Steel operates North America's newest and greenest steelmaking plant. The plant has an annual capacity of 1.5 million tons which currently is increased to 3 million t/year in a second construction phase. The product range includes strips made of silicon steels, high-strength AHSS grades for the automotive industry and high-strength tube grades for oil and gas field pipelines and for transport pipelines.

Project

SMS group supplied all the plants for the new steel complex, including the mechanical equipment as well as all the electrical and automation systems. For the first construction stage, SMS supplied a gas cleaning plant, a 150-t electric arc furnace, a 150-t twin-ladle furnace, and a 150-t RH circulation degasser. Downstream equipment consists of a six-stand CSP® plant, a pickling line / tandem cold mill (PLTCM), an offline skin-passing mill (SPM), batch annealing furnaces, and a universal annealing and hot-dip galvanizing line (CAL/CGL).



Milestones

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March 2019
Second phase

Big River Steel launched the next phase and decided to double the capacity of the melt shop and the CSP® plant.

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March 2017
Grand opening

Numerous guests from the steel industry, politics and economy attended the grand opening of Big River Steel's new steelworks.

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December 2016
Production start

In December 2016, the EAF shop and the CSP® plant started production with only 18 hours from first heat to first coil.

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November 2015
Plant erection

A project of this size takes about two years to build. It is a complex process that has a large number of milestones to it.

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May 2015
Manufacturing

While in the USA the huge construction site for the new steelworks was prepared, the plant technology was designed and manufactured.

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September 2014
Groundbreaking

The official groundbreaking of the ambitious greenfield steel project on the Mississippi River in Arkansas, USA took place on September 22, 2014.

Digitalization

Big River Steel is the world's first "Learning steel plant". It continually optimizes the production process from the raw material all the way down to the finished product as part of an integrated supply chain. This is achieved by the use of process know-how and expertise as well as physical and data-controlled models.

LEARNING STEEL PLANT AT BIG RIVER STEEL

The documentation of the product quality along the entire supply chain in a key feature of Big River Steel's "Learning steel plant". But also production planning and maintenance management are fully digitalized. Learn more from our video.

 

BIG RIVER STEEL ON DIGITALIZATION

"We are a technology company, that happens to make steel" is the claim of Big River Steel. So, what is the experience of Big River Steel with the first "Learning Steel Plant"? What are the benefits? How did it change working in a steel mill? Learn more from our video.

Plant technology

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Steelmaking Plant

The Big River meltshop is designed for achieving high productivity of high quality steel grades. Key components of the meltshop are a DC electric arc furnace with a gas cleaning plant and an RH degasser.

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CSP® Plant

A new, consumption-optimized CSP® furnace and a plant wider than ever before: The CSP® plant of Big River Steel is setting new standards worldwide and is characterized by lower energy losses and very low emission levels.

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Cold Rolling

Excellent performance features and protection of staff and environment: the pickling line tandem cold mill satisfies both requirements. Five four-high mill stands are capable of processing up to 900,000 tons of steel strip per year.

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Strip Processing Lines

The processing lines are capable of producing 476,000 tons of annealed or hot-dip galvanized steel strip per year. Sophisticated steel grades as well as efficient and flexible processing characterize the line. For the first time, the I-Furnace concept is implemented here.

Electrical and Automation Systems

Electrical & Automation systems

SMS group equipped all the plants at Big River Steel with X-Pact® electrics and automation. This included a flexible production planning system, the technological process models, the highly dynamic technological controls and sequence controls, the integrated and user friendly operation and visualization systems, the technological measuring devices and sensors, the power distribution and the main and auxiliary drives. 

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Services

Service first

SMS group offers full-service package for North America’s most modern steel mill.

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News

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Interview
The big plus: All from one source

CEO David Stickler and CCO Mark Bula on the reasons of choosing SMS group as primary supplier, on production records and the Learning Factory concept.

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Interview
The key to ensuring that everything works

Denis Hennessy, Director of Product Development, about the role of X-Pact® MES 4.0 for the success of Big River Steel.

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First steel production facility to be LEED certified

Big River Steel is not only America's newest steel plant, but also the greenest...

Big River Steel's view on the project

Six months after start of operation, Big River Steel executives tell their view on the project. They describe the partner-like relationship with the SMS group and address successes such as the steep ramp-up curve, the awards received for the eco-friendly plants and the solutions employed as part of the digitization.

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Contact

SMSgroup Sprenger, Axel

Axel Sprenger

SMS group GmbH
Project Manager
Wiesenstraße 30
57271 Hilchenbach
Germany

Phone : +49 2733 29 1926
Fax : +49 2733 29 771926