Steel Mill's Plant-Wide Assessment Finds $1.4 Million in Annual Savings
January 27, 2004
Weirton Steel: Mill Identifies $1.4 Million in Annual Savings Following Plant-Wide Energy-Efficiency Assessment(PDF 555 KB) (Download Acrobat Reader)
The Weirton Steel Corporation performed a plant-wide energy assessment of its steel mill plant in Weirton, West Virginia. Based on the assessment results, the company found strong economic justification for six projects that would reduce the use of fossil fuel, electrical energy, and water. These projects involved heated water and steam-heated air on the continuous annealing lines, furnace operations, and comfort heating. All of the projects would save fossil fuel, either for heating steam or firing the furnace. This savings totals 108,300 MMBtu annually or $1.27 million. Other yearly savings include 119 million gallons of water ($87,110) and 84,000 kWh of electrical energy. All of the projects could be applied to other steel mills and possibly other industries using steam processes and furnaces.