SARRALLE has successfully completed the first of a three-phase project intended to upgrade and modernize the continuous caster at STEEL DYNAMIC INC. (SDI) Roanoke Virgina, one of the premier steel producers in the North American market. After completion, the upgrade will provide SDI with a state-of-the-art continuous casting machine that will be the key to new markets, not currently served, allowing them to produce higher quality steel grades.
The project awarded to SARRALLE by SDI will consist of critical process equipment modernization and automation which the American group intends to complete in three phases. The first phase, entrusted to SARRALLE entirely, includes engineering, manufacturing, assembly supervision, commissioning and testing. Work began in July of 2018, and the project will reach its completion after a very short two week outage this May. This first phase has been exclusively devoted to modernizing the mid-section of the machine to provide operational consistency and improved product quality. The associated automation support equipment will also be supplied in an environmentally controlled stand alone container, pretested, and installed in place prior to the outage. All the work is based on the SDI concept of building each of the three phases without back tracking or equipment redesigns.
This is the first significant project for SARRALLE in the United States, opening up possibilities to supply steel makers with SARRALLE designed melt shop and rolling mill equipment from their company owned fabrication shops in Northern Spain.