The Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has announced that its Mesa, Arizona mini-plant, CMC Steel Arizona, has begun receiving renewable energy from the new Salt River Project (SRP) Saint Solar power plant. CMC Steel Arizona was one of the first customers to join the first phase of the SRP sustainable energy program, which was announced in 2018. The Saint Solar station, located in Coolidge, Arizona, is a 100-megawatt utility-based solar array that will provide renewable energy, namely power for CMC Steel Arizona and other members of the SRP community.
Built in 2009, CMC Steel Arizona is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly steelmaking facilities in the world. As a micro-plant using scrap-based electric arc furnace (EAF) technology, we help conserve our natural resources. By using recycled scrap for 98% of our raw materials, we reduce the need for natural resources. Our GHG emissions of Category 1 CO2 and energy intensity are about 8 times lower than the global average.
Tracy Porter, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our involvement with Saint Solar underscores our commitment to further reduce our carbon footprint through renewable energy and the production of steel from 100% recycled scrap metal. industry leader in sustainable steel production. ”
On August 13, 2020, CMC announced plans to build its third AZ2 mini-plant next to CMC Steel Arizona. The plant will be the first in the world to produce commercial quality (MBQ) products through a continuous manufacturing process. AZ2 will use Danieli’s “Q-One” technology, which will allow CMC to have a direct link between the EAF and the renewable energy ladle furnace. This technology reduces transmission losses and associated operating costs compared to traditional methods.
“SRP is delighted to partner with CMC Steel Arizona to achieve our shared renewable energy goals,” said Jim Pratt, SRP’s deputy general manager and chief executive officer. “This is just the beginning of our partnership on sustainable energy and we look forward to continuing to work with them on AZ2 and beyond.”