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Algoma Steel appoints EllisDon as construction manager for electric arc furnace project

Sault Ste. Marie steel producer expects furnace start-up in mid-2024
Electric arc furnace (Danieli photo)

Algoma Steel Group, a leading Canadian producer of hot and cold rolled steel sheet and plate products, today announced the appointment of EllisDon as construction manager for completion of its transformative electric arc furnace (EAF) project. EllisDon brings over 70 years of industrial and civil construction management expertise and experience to the project bolstering Algoma’s internal project team as Algoma’s EAF facility continues to progress.

“We are very proud to join Algoma’s team in one of Canada’s largest electrification projects targeting reduced carbon emissions. We are excited to bring our broad experience, a spirit of profound openness and a determination to help Algoma achieve all of its objectives. This is a partnership with Algoma, and a partnership with the environment, and we are very excited to be a part of it,” said Geoff Smith, president and chief executive officer, EllisDon.

Michael Garcia, Algoma’s CEO, said, “Our transformative electric arc furnace project continues to advance on time and on budget, and as we enter the more complex phases of construction, we are pleased to partner with EllisDon to manage our project with optimal functionality and effectiveness. We continue to expect a successful EAF startup in mid-2024. Once the project is completed, we expect Algoma will be one of the lowest-cost green-steel production facilities in North America, expanding our annual steelmaking capacity from 2.8 million tons to 3.7 million tons with a significant reduction (estimated at approximately 70%) in carbon emissions. We are proud to be a first-mover in the complete electrification of an integrated steelmaker.”