ArcelorMittal Galati supplies steel for Turkish bridge
ArcelorMittel Galati has supplied 34,000 tonnes of steel for one of the world's longest bridges, the Osman Gazi Bridge in Turkey. It opened to users last week, and cuts travel time between Istanbul and Izmir from nine hours to 3.5.
ArcelorMittal Galati in Romania supplied client Çimtaş with flat steel for the bridge’s horizontal deck. The massive volumes of steel were shipped in four main lots, in a wide range and variety of thicknesses and widths.
Bruno Ribo, CEO of ArcelorMittal Flat Europe, said: “This project has a special importance for us, given its size. Our Galati heavy plates mill facilities produce and supply the requested plates for various applications. For the Osman Gazi Bridge, we designed a series of bespoke technical and commercial solutions”.
The bridge, which connects both sides of the Bay of Izmit in northwest Turkey, is part of a 420 kilometre highway project that shortens the distance between Istanbul and Izmir by about 140 kilometres. The $9 billion bridge project was awarded to a Turkish-Italian consortium, NOMAYG, which will also operate the bridge for 23 years. The consortium awarded the bridge construction on an EPC basis to Japan’s IHI Corporation. Çimtaş was selected as the sole fabricator of both the suspension bridge’s orthotropic steel deck panels and steel tower blocks. The bridge was designed by Danish engineering design firm Cowi.
With a total length of 2,682m and a main span of 1,550m between its steel towers, Osman Gazi Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Turkey, the second longest in Europe, and the fourth longest in the world.
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.