Duisburg Germany headquartered steel processor & distributor Klöckner & Co has further strengthened its partnership with the US steel producer Nucor and is investing in a facility for plate processing on the campus of the new Nucor steel mill in Brandenburg in Kentucky. Nucor Steel Brandenburg will be a state-of-the-art electric arc furnace mill that will recycle scrap metal into new heavy plate steel for offshore wind towers and other infrastructure projects. The new heavy plate processing facility is scheduled to start operations in the third quarter of 2023 and is subject to environmental approvals.With the partnership, Klöckner & Co aims to profit more strongly from the planned investments in renewable energy and infrastructure by the US-Government. The investment of Klöckner & Co is designed to drive the development of sustainable, innovative and complex solutions for the entire supply chain and extend the range of higher-value-added services. On 23 October 2022, a ground-breaking ceremony took place at the Nucor Steel Brandenburg site in Kentucky, along the Ohio River, a strategic plant location to serve US customers. The state-of-the-art Plate Mill Complex, with its overall value of USD 1.7 billion is the largest single investment in Nucor’s history. The project is proceeding at full speed. As technology supplier for the plate & steckel mill and meltshop, Danieli started dispatching the technological equipment by end of November. The plate & steckel mill will consist of two stands: a roughing mill and a finishing & steckel mill, also able to roll plates starting from 36 inch ingots. The complete design of the mill will allow the production of thermo-mechanical rolled plates and API grades, as well as high hardness wear-resistant plates up to a final plate width of 165.4 inch and coils up to a rolled width of 125 inch. Final products will be plates and heavy plates in a thickness range of 3/16 inch up to 14 inch and coils from 3/16 inch up to 1.25 inch. When operational, the new plate mill will be capable of producing 97% of plate products demanded in the US market. The first plate is expected to be rolled in 2022.