Australian steel maker BlueScope Steel announced that construction of the cornerstone project to expand the North Star mini-mill in Delta in Ohio U, by around 850,000 tonnes per annum is well progressed. The first major component of the expansion, the new EAF, was commissioned during 1H FY2022 and reached its 100 heat milestone in January 2022. Commissioning of the ladle metallurgy furnaces is currently underway, and installation of the caster and shuttle furnace are nearing completion, with commissioning anticipated in the coming months. Production of the first coil is expected around the middle of CY2022, with an 18 month ramp up to full run rate expected. Total cost is expected to be around 10% above the USD 700 million initial estimates, reflecting inflationary pressure and the revised commissioning schedule.