ceremony held for new coke plant
AK Steel’s chairman, president and CEO James
L. Wainscott said that the ceremonial bricklaying event for a
new SunCoke Energy Inc. plant in Middletown, Ohio, represented
a milestone event for AK Steel and for the Middletown community.
The event marked the initial construction
phase of SunCoke’s $360 million plant located adjacent to AK
Steel’s Middletown Works. Once completed, the heat-recovery coke
battery will be capable of supplying AK Steel with about 550,000
tons of metallurgical coke annually. In addition, the new plant
will recover the waste heat from the coking process to generate
approximately 50 megawatts of electrical power each year, or
about 25 percent of Middletown Works’ electricity requirement.
AK Steel’s board of directors previously
approved a 20 year supply contract with SunCoke Energy, Inc.
to provide AK Steel with metallurgical-grade coke and electrical
power from the new plant. The agreement will help AK Steel achieve
its goal of more fully integrating its raw material supply.
AK Steel operates coke batteries in Middletown,
Ohio and Ashland, Kentucky, but must purchase about 30 percent
of its annual coke requirements on the open market.
The project has created hundreds of temporary
construction jobs, and there will be approximately 85 new full-time
jobs when the plant is in operation.