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ArcelorMittal steel in the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam

ArcelorMittal Brazil is supplying 50,000 tonnes of steel for the biggest ongoing construction project in the country – the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam complex on the Xingu River in the state of Pará.

ArcelorMittal Piracicaba, ArcelorMittal São Paulo, ArcelorMittal Cariacica, ArcelorMittal Juiz de Fora and our joint venture Belgo Bekaert Arames are supplying rebar, welded mesh, strands for pre-stressed concrete, structural steel beams, nails, annealed wire, and steel plate for the project to be used in the construction of the turbines and the dam, as well as plumbing design. 

The first shipment took place in October 2012 and so far 30,000 tonnes of steel have been supplied. Additional 20,000 tonnes are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.  

Some of the biggest challenges of such a massive project are in logistics and transportation, given local climate conditions and the distance of the plants from the construction site. 

‘’The synergy between our commercial team and our logistics team has been essential in meeting customer expectations,’’ said Rodrigo Aguiar, implementation engineer at ArcelorMittal’s sales management team in Minas Gerais. 

Our company stood out as the supplier of choice because of the close relationship between the sales management team and construction company Andrade Gutierrez, which leads the ten-member consortium in charge of this project. Also, our company is among top producers for the civil construction segment in the country, known for outstanding production capacity and logistical facilities. 

World’s third largest hydroelectric dam

The project is budgeted at US$26 billion, generating nearly 30,000 jobs. Once completed, the plant will significantly increase the supply of renewable electricity in Brazil. The plant’s planned installed capacity would be 11,233 MW, which corresponds to 40% of residential consumption and 10% of total consumption in the country. This will make it the second-largest hydroelectric dam complex in Brazil and one of the world's largest in installed capacity, behind the Three Gorges Dam in China and the Brazilian-Paraguayan Itaipu Dam.

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