Bahrain's SULB plans capacity expansion and new rebar mill
Last Update: 08/02/2012 09:13:26
Prospective Bahraini steelmaker United Steel Company (SULB) plans to increase its melting and direct reduced iron capacity, as well as install a rebar mill in the second phase of expansion at its new steelworks in the north-eastern region of Al Hidd. Currently under construction, the works comprises a 1.5 million tonnes/year capacity DRI plant, 1m t/y melt shop and 600,000 t/y heavy sections mill that will produce medium-to-large H-beams. SULB expects to begin hot commissioning of the melt shop in September, while the DRI plant should come online in January 2013. In order to capitalise on burgeoning rebar consumption in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and to supply other Gulf Cooperation Council nations, the company intends to install a bar mill at a later stage, a SULB official tells Steel Business Briefing. The rebar mill, which is set to have a minimum capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year, would be complemented by a new DRI plant and melt shop. SULB is currently in talks with equipment suppliers and has not yet decided on commissioning dates. SULB is a 51%:49% joint venture between Kuwaiti holding company Foulath and Japanese sections producer Yamato Kogyo. In 2011, it acquired Saudi Arabian section mill United Gulf Steel Mill (UGS), which has a 450,000 t/y capacity. The Bahraini works is adjacent to Gulf Industrial Investment Co’s 11m t/y iron ore pelletizing plant, which is part of Foulath’s parent company Gulf Investment Corporation. Bahrain currently has only one rebar rolling mill: Universal Rolling (Unirol)’s 200,000 t/y capacity facility.
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