Gerdau Açominas steel plant
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The map below shows the location of the steel plant in Ouro Branco, roughly 100 km southeast of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau S.A. is one of the Americas' leading producers of long steel, and one of the world's largest recyclers and special steel suppliers. The Gerdau Açominas steel plant in Ouro Branco is the company's flagship Brazilian steelmaking facility, with installed capacity to produce 7.6 million tons of steel per year.
Originally known as Usina Presidente Arthur Bernardes, the Açominas plant started operations in 1986. Gerdau acquired an equity stake in the plant in 1997, and the assets of Gerdau and Açominas were merged in 2003 under the name Gerdau Açominas.
Facilities at the Ouro Branco plant were significantly upgraded in 2007 with the addition of a second blast furnace and a second sintering plant. A second coking plant was commissioned the following year.
In late 2019, Gerdau announced that it would invest in a major overhaul of Açominas' aging blast furnace #1 and its associated coking plant in 2020.
The plant's product mix consists of slabs, plates, coiled plates, hot rolled sheets and coils, ingots, blooms and billets, medium and heavy structural shapes, and wire rods. The unit exports its production to more than 40 countries, making it one of Brazil's largest steel exporters.
- Private/State ownership: private
- Parent company: Gerdau S.A.
- Owner: Gerdau Açominas S.A.
- Alternative plant names: Ouro Branco steel plant, Presidente Artur Bernardes steel plant
- Other language plant name: Usina siderúrgica Gerdau Açominas (Portuguese)
- Location: Rodovia MG-443 Km 7 S/N Centro, Ouro Branco, 36420, Brazil
- GPS Coordinates: -20.543507, -43.752950 (exact)
- Plant status: operating
- Start year: 1986 (age 33–34)
- Production capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):
- Crude steel: 7600 (BF-BOF)
- Production (thousand tonnes per annum):
- Crude steel: 6301 (BF-BOF, 2019)
- Steel product category: flat, long
- Steel products: sections, slabs, plates, coiled plates, hot rolled sheets and coils, ingots, blooms and billets, medium and heavy structural shapes, wire rods
- Steel sector end users: construction, automotive, energy, machinery, agriculture, metal and chemical industries
- Steelmaking process: integrated
- Primary steel production equipment: 2 blast furnaces (BF) (1986 & 2007); 2 basic oxygen furnaces (BOF) (1986); 2 coking plants (1986 & 2008); 2 sinter plants (1986 & 2007)
- Iron ore source: Varzea do Lopes mine
Articles and resources
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- "2015 Minerals Yearbook: Brazil, p. 4.13" (PDF). USGS. November 2018.
- "IDB approves US$200 million for capital investments by Brazilian steel company". Inter-American Development Bank. May 16, 2008.
- "History of Gerdau Group Brazil". Steel on the Net. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
- "Gerdau Açominas aumenta sua capacidade instalada". Revista Anamaco. October 30, 2007.
- "Mais empregos: Gerdau planeja reforma completa do alto forno para 2020 e investimentos em mineração". Correio de Minas. November 8, 2019.
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- "Açominas". Wikipedia. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
- "2020 AIST Basic Oxygen Furnace Roundup". AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology). Retrieved 2020-09-14.
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