ArcelorMittal begins XCarb heavy plate production in Spain

ArcelorMittal tells Kallanish it has started producing low-carbon-emission steel plate of up to 18 tonnes at its Spanish heavy plate mill in Asturias.

The steelmaker says it is the first producer in Europe with the ability to manufacture such products in these dimensions. 18-tonne heavy plate is used in major infrastructure projects, such as in the welded section and box girders for road and rail bridges.

The XCarb recycled and renewably produced heavy plates are manufactured using slab supplied by ArcelorMittal Industeel in France. This is an electric arc furnace-based steelmaking facility using almost 100% of steel scrap and 100% of electricity coming from renewable sources. This combination results in a nearly 60% reduction of CO2 emissions, compared with plate made by conventional blast-furnace steelmaking.

“We are immensely proud to now be able to offer heavy plates to our customers, with a reduced CO2 footprint. Our teams have worked very hard to bring this product to market, which we know meets a growing customer need for low-carbon-emissions steel in complex civil engineering projects,” comments Denis Parein, ArcelorMittal Europe heavy plate unit commercial director.

ArcelorMittal’s XCarb heavy plate will receive the Environmental Product Declaration, according to the EN 15804 European standard, by the end of this year, the executive confirms.

XCarb is a global programme by ArcelorMittal, launched in 2021, which aims to bring together all the group’s efforts and investments with the mission of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the steelmaking chain. ArcelorMittal has a target of reducing CO2 emissions within Europe by 35% since 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050.

Todor Kirkov Bulgaria