Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc. has selected Primetals Technologies to upgrade its plate mill in Alabama, USA. The upgrade includes a new downcoiler of the Power Coiler type with four wrapper roll design, which will enable this facility to produce heavier line pipe gauges for the energy industry. The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020.
The downcoiler is capable of handling 1.25-inch-thick low-carbon-grade steel and 1-inch-thick line pipe grades, at up to 102 inches wide. The scope of supply also includes runout tables, new coil handling area, inspection line with shear, hydraulics, banders, markers and an upgrade to the Level 1 automation system.
Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc. is one of three plate mills operated by Nucor Corporation (“Nucor”), which produce plate for manufacturers of barges, bridges, heavy equipment, tanks, ships, wind towers and other items. Nucor’s production capabilities and the mix of plate products marketed, the capacity of the plate mills is estimated at approximately 2,825,000 tons per year. Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the US and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel – in bars, beams, sheet and plate; hollow structural section tubing; electrical conduit; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler.