ArcelorMittal launches lower-emissions steel plate products for civil engineering

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal said July 18 it has launched a low carbon-emissions heavy steel plate product produced in Europe for use in major infrastructure projects.

ArcelorMittal said it offers a range of plate under its XCarb range of up to 18 mt in weight for civil engineering use, achieving about 60% lower CO2 emissions compared with plate made through the blast furnace route, in a company statement.

ArcelorMittal said the range is based on recycled and renewably produced heavy plates manufactured in Spain using slabs from ArcelorMittal Industeel’s electric arc furnace-based steel operations. The EAFs involved are charged with close to 100% ferrous scrap and use 100% renewable electricity.

The slabs are transformed in ArcelorMittal’s heavy plate mill in Asturias, Spain, it added.

Industeel operates three plate mills, each with EAFs, in Charleroi, Belgium, and in Chateauneuf as well as in Le Creusot, both in France.

“Using XCarb recycled and renewably produced steel plate in civil engineering projects allows ArcelorMittal’s customers to demonstrably reduce their scope-3 emissions (supply-chain emissions) and contribute to a lower carbon footprint for infrastructure projects,” it said.

ArcelorMittal said it is the first European producer able to manufacture low-emissions steel plate in these dimensions.

The steelmaker said it will make an Environmental Product Declaration, verified by a third party and based on the EN 15804 European Standard, available for this product range by the end of 2023.

Author: Hector Forster