British Steel has proposed building 2 Electric Arc Furnaces (EAFs) – one in Scunthorpe and one in Teesside. This is an artist’s impression of how the Teesside furnace could look.
29 Jan 2024

Electric Arc Furnace technology can produce all steel products and grades – UK Steel

A special paper explaining how Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) technology can produce all steel products and grades by managing the raw material mix has been published by UK Steel.

It says steelmakers are overcoming previous manufacturing challenges through technological advances and mixing different amounts of pig iron or Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) into the EAF melt. This dilutes the residuals from the steel scrap and significantly increases product ranges. Furthermore, tight control of the scrap supply and improved technology in scrap sorting have also demonstrated the ability to prevent undesirable elements from entering the EAF feedstock.

UK Steel says the greatly improved capability of EAF production has spurred European and North American steelmakers to invest in and switch to EAF production. This allows for the use of recycled steel, vastly reducing production emissions and reducing dependency on imported raw materials.

You can read the paper here.