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ArcelorMittal to build its first ever desalination plant in Brazil - Report

Steel News - Published on Mon, 21 Jan 2019

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Reuters reported that ArcelorMittal SA the world’s largest steelmaker, is set to build its first ever desalination unit in Brazil to handle unforeseen water needs at its plant in the eastern state of Espírito Santo. Mr Jorge Ribeiro, president of operations at ArcelorMittal’s Brazilian flat steel division said that the unit is aimed at lessening the company’s dependence on state water utility company Cesan and avoiding production cuts at times of water crises as the state suffered in 2015 and 2016.

While the plant is ArcelorMittal’s first, desalination facilities have already become fixtures at some rival steelmakers and multiple mining operations, which tend to be water-intensive.

The company is in the final stages of picking a firm to build the plant, Ribeiro said, adding that the decision will likely be taken next month, with companies from India, the United States and Spain among those interested.

He said that the planned investment is about 50 million reais (USD 13.32 million) and the project should start operating in two years.

In an initial module, the plant will be capable of desalinating 500 cubic meters (132,100 gallons) of sea water per hour.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 21 Jan 2019
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