SynopsisSinobras, the Siderúrgica Norte Brasil, is set to commence trials of its new steel rolling mill in October, with full operational capacity expected by January. This expansion will allow the company to offer new products like spooled and coiled rebar and wire rod. The project, designed and engineered by Hatch, includes a significant expansion of the scrap yard, new warehouse space, and upgraded electrical infrastructure. The mill will be powered by the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, a partnership in which Sinobras is involved, and supported by a new transport company, Aço Cearense Logística .Article:In a noteworthy development, Siderúrgica Norte Brasil (Sinobras) is gearing up to initiate trials for its state-of-the-art steel rolling mill in October, with a vision to achieve full operational capability by January. This strategic expansion promises to usher in a new era for the company, enabling it to diversify its product range to include spooled and coiled rebar as well as wire rod.The extensive investment in Sinobras' Marabá facility in Pará state encompasses several critical components. Among these is the substantial expansion of the scrap yard, which now boasts a capacity of up to 170,000 metric tonns. Furthermore, a brand-new warehouse area has been established, providing essential storage capacity. To ensure a reliable power supply for the new mill, a state-of-the-art 230-kilovolt substation and an 11-kilometer transmission line have been constructed, aligning with the company's escalating energy demands.The meticulous design and engineering of this cutting-edge mill were entrusted to the expertise of consulting and technology firm Hatch. Notably, the electricity to fuel this endeavor will be sourced from the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, in which Sinobras holds a significant partnership stake.To enhance logistical operations and streamline supply chain management, Sinobras has taken the strategic step of creating Aço Cearense Logística, a dedicated transport company equipped with a fleet of 150 trucks. This move underscores the company's commitment to efficient processes and delivering excellence to its valued customers.This ambitious project stands poised to elevate Sinobras' current production capacity from 380,000 metric tons per year of long steel to an impressive 850,000 metric tons per year within the next two years. The new rolling mill is anticipated to make a substantial contribution, estimated at approximately 300,000 metric tons in 2024.In addition to this remarkable expansion, Siderúrgica Norte Brasil (Sinobras) is collaborating with Vale to establish a groundbreaking steel plant specializing in billet production sourced from pig iron. This vital raw material will be supplied by Vale's subsidiary, Tecnored.Forecasts indicate that the plant will boast a production capacity of 500,000 metric tons per year, with plans for it to commence operations at the close of 2025, following a year of refinement in the production process. This strategic initiative is set to further bolster Sinobras' position in the steel industry.ConclusionAs Sinobras continues to innovate and expand its operations, it solidifies its commitment to delivering top-tier steel products and contributing to the growth and sustainability of the sector.