Italian plant builder Tenova has been contracted by JSW Steel (USA) Inc to supply melt shop technology for a melt-and-manufacture contigious plate and pipe facility in Baytown, Texas, USA.

Because Baytown is in a non-attainment zone – an area considered to have air quality worse than the USA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards – strict environmental standards are envisaged for the plant. With this in mind, and in compliance with low pollution limits,Tenova will be providing JSW with two independent bag houses, one for hot and one for cold gasses.

The greenfield melting facility will include a Consteel Evolution electric arc furnace, two ladle metallurgy furnaces and a twin vacuum tank degasser for the production of high quality steel slabs feeding 'the plate mill of the future'. Tenova will also design and supply the entire melt shop's material handling system for the storage and handling of fluxes and ferro-alloys as well as DRI and HBI.

The company claims that advanced Level 1 and Level 2 automation will increase the efficiency of the facility's fume treatment plant and that Tenova's 'Lownox Meltshop' technology will give the plant 'incredibly low NOx and VOC emissions on a per ton of steel basis'.