ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas steel plant

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ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas steel plant (Siderúrgica Lázaro Cárdenas (Spanish)), also known as Las Truchas and Sicartsa (predecessor), is a 5700 thousand tonnes per annum (TTPA) blast furnace (BF), basic oxygen furnace (BOF), direct reduced iron (DRI) and electric arc furnace (EAF) steel plant operating in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, Mexico.

Location

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  • Location: Av. Francisco J. Múgica No. 1, Col. Centro, CP 60950, Cd. Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, Mexico[1]
  • Coordinates (WGS 84): 17.930688, -102.201498 (exact)

Background

Occupying a nearly 1000-hectare site on Mexico's Pacific coast, ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas is Mexico's largest steel plant. The plant commenced operations in 1976 as a government-owned enterprise under the name Sicartsa (Siderúrgica Lázaro Cárdenas – Las Truchas).[2][3]

The plant's 6.4 million tons of steel-making capacity are split between two units. The original long steel division, known initially as Sicartsa I and subsequently renamed ArcelorMittal México Aceros Largos, uses traditional blast furnace/basic oxygen furnace technology.[4] The newer flat steel division, originally named Sicartsa II and later renamed ArcelorMittal México Aceros Planos, was built in the early 1980s incorporating a variety of state-of-the-art equipment including a pelletizing plant, a battery of four electric arc furnaces, and the world's first DRI (direct reduced iron) plant using the HyL III technology pioneered by Mexican steelmaker Hylsa.[5][6]

In the early 1990s, as the Mexican government moved to privatize its national steel industry, Sicartsa I was sold to the Mexican steel company Grupo Villacero[7], while Sicartsa II was acquired by Indonesia-based Ispat International.[3][8]

In 2005, Ispat International merged with International Steel Group and LNM Holdings N.V. to create Mittal Steel, which in turn acquired European steel giant Arcelor S.A. in 2006 to form the international conglomerate ArcelorMittal.[9] Later that year, ArcelorMittal acquired the Sicartsa I plant from Grupo Villacero, reuniting both halves of the Lázaro Cárdenas plant under a single owner with the new name ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas.[10]

Today the long steel division, with a capacity of 2.4 million tons per annum, specializes in rod and wire rod for the construction industry[4] and accounts for roughly three eighths of the plant's production.[11] The flat steel division, with a capacity of 4 million tpa, specializes in steel slabs destined for a wide range of international markets[6], accounting for the remaining five eights of the plant's production.[11] Iron ore for the pelletizing facility is shipped directly from ArcelorMittal's Las Truchas mine to the steel plant via a 27-kilometer ferroduct.[12]

In 2017, AM Mexico said it would be adding a 2500 ttpa BOF plant at the site, representing an investment of $1 billion.[13]

In 2020, Mexican officials entered AM Mexico and shutdown part of plant; it is still unclear what happened.[14]

In 2021, the AM Mexico announced it would be completing its new BOF plant by the end of the year.[15][16] However, as of February 2022, no update on the completion of this plant has been published.



Plant Details

Table 1: General Plant Details

Plant status Start date Workforce size Iron ore source
operating[1] 1976[17] 5500[18][19] ArcelorMittal Las Truchas is a mining site in Lázaro Cárdenas that produces 3000 thousand metric tons per annum[20]

Table 2: Ownership and Parent Company Information

Parent company Parent company PermID Owner Owner company PermID
ArcelorMittal SA [100%][18] 5000030092 [100%] Arcelormittal Lazaro Cardenas SA de CV[18] 5000020014

Table 3: Process and Products

Steel product category Steel products Steel sector end users ISO 14001 Main production equipment Detailed production equipment
semi-finished; finished rolled[21] rod, wire rod, billet, slab[18] automotive; building and infrastructure; energy; steel packaging; tools and machinery; transport[18][1] 2020[22][23] blast furnace (BF), basic oxygen furnace (BOF), direct reduced iron (DRI) and electric arc furnace (EAF)[18][22] pelletizing plant; 3 DRI plants with 5 units (Midrex DRI I (1.2 MTPA, began in 1997), HYL DRI IIA (began in 1988), HYL DRI IIB (began in 1988), HYL DRI IIIA (began in 1991), HYL DRI IIIB (began in 1991)); 2 BOF (began in 1976); 4 EAF (began in 1988)[24][25][21][26][27]

Table 4: Crude Steel Production Capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):

Basic oxygen furnace steelmaking capacity Electric arc furnace steelmaking capacity Nominal crude steel capacity (total)
1700 TTPA[28][29] 4000 TTPA[30][28][1][31] 5700 TTPA

Table 5: Crude Iron Production Capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):

Blast furnace capacity Sponge iron/DRI capacity Nominal iron capacity (total)
1452 TTPA[32] 3200 TTPA[33][34] 4652 TTPA

Table 6: Upstream Products Production Capacities (thousand tonnes per annum)

Pellets
4000 TTPA[22][35]

Table 7: Actual Crude Steel Production by Year (thousand tonnes per annum):

Year BOF Production EAF Production OHF Production Total (all routes)
2020 1462 TTPA[36] 2138 TTPA[36] 3600 TTPA
2021 1503 TTPA[22] 2197 TTPA[22] 3700 TTPA[22]

Table 8: Actual Crude Iron Production by Year (thousand tonnes per annum):

Year BF Production DRI Production Total (all routes)
2020 1140 TTPA[37] 1140 TTPA
2021 1206 TTPA[38] >0 TTPA[33] 1206 TTPA[38]


Blast Furnace Details

Table 9: Blast Furnace Details:

Unit name Status Start date Current size Current capacity
unknown operating[22] 1976[22] 1750 m³[39][38] 1452 TTPA[32]

Articles and Resources

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