On Tuesday, June 17, marked the second European Wind Energy Day, ArcelorMittal Asturias invited a delegation of Spanish journalists to take a closer look at a sector in which the Company's heavy steel plate plays a key role.
The day's activities began with a visit to the Gijón Plate Mill, one of the 14 mills in our Group producing steel for the wind energy sector.
The journalists were shown the production process for steel plate and given an overview of our future investment plans. These investments will increase Gijón's annual production capacity from the current level 600,000 tonnes per year to 800,000 tonnes per year. In 2008, 32% of the mill's production will go to the wind energy sector, a percentage that is expected to rise to 43% by 2010.
One wind turbine tower = 150 tonnes of steel
ArcelorMittal's R&D division has worked continuously on our plate steel, in order to improve its fatigue resistance which will allow future wind turbine towers to be constructed at heights of over 100 metres.
Each wind turbine tower contains approximately 150 tonnes of steel, a material which is itself 100% recyclable.
Picture: Journalists from 15 Spanish media outlets attending the event
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