US steelmaker Nucor Corporation has taken on Italian plant builder Danieli to upgrade the strip mill of the company’s Ghent, Kentucky, facility, formerly known as Gallatin Steel Company.

The aim of the upgrade is to extend the range of steel grades and increase production capacity.

According to Danieli, the new plant configuration will enable the mill to improve its thermomechanical rolling capabilities and thereby expand production of AHSS grades, API line pipe steel grades and a number of other added-value grades.

The Ghent facility will benefit from Danieli’s QSP (Quality Strip Production) technology. The company says that it will be the first time that a classical compact thin slab casting and rolling plant is fully reconfigured into ‘an ultra-modern QSP’.

On completion, the revamped plant will include a new meltshop comprising a high-performance DC EAF featuring Danieli’s Q-Melt package, twin ladle furnace and provision for a vacuum degasser in the future.

Ladd Hall, executive vice president of flat-rolled products at Nucor, commented: “This investment is another major component in our strategy for long-term profitable growth. He said that the expansion would increase the steelmaker’s presence in the Midwest market, specifically in the automotive, agriculture, heavy equipment, and energy pipe and tube sectors.

It is likely that the plant will produce its first coil around November 2020.