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Major Investment in Clean Steelmaking Technology

Major Investment in Clean Steelmaking Technology

in Sault Ste. Marie Algoma Steel’s all-new low-emission Electric Arc Furnace

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~  November 12, 2021  (LSNews)   The Ontario government is building Ontario by attracting jobs and investment in every corner of the province, including historic and transformative investments such as Algoma Steel’s all-new low-emission Electric Arc Furnace (EAF).

“Previously, Algoma Steel was buried in red tape, facing unpredictable skyrocketing hydro costs, and struggling to stay competitive, keep the lights on, and support current and retired workers,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “Early in our mandate, our government stepped up for the nearly 9,000 retired steel workers by protecting their pensions and providing $60 million in financing to fund much needed capital expenditures in the plant. Next, we cut job killing red tape and made hydro rates competitive and predictable, which allowed Algoma Steel to emerge stronger than ever. These investments will ensure that there will be many more generations of steel workers who will have the benefit of supporting their families with good paying jobs and contribute to the growth of our community in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Electrification of steel production at Algoma Steel will leverage Ontario’s clean energy advantage, positioning Sault Ste. Marie as a world leader in the production of green, low emission steel. Ontario has taken action to support job creation and investment certainty for industries across the North, including providing companies like Algoma Steel with an affordable and reliable supply of clean electricity for years to come.

“Ontario is home to one of the cleanest grids in the world, with 94 per cent of our electricity generation producing zero emissions,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “Our clean energy advantage and the actions our government has taken to reverse the trend of uncertainty and skyrocketing hydro bills has provided indispensable support to Algoma Steel in making this investment and transitioning to electric arc furnaces.”

In cooperation with government, the domestic steel industry and its customers, including major automotive, mining, energy, and construction companies, are working hand-in-hand to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and products for the benefit of all Ontarians. Clean, Made-in-Ontario steel is a central part of Ontario’s plan to build – leveraging domestic production to build the cars, technology, transit, hospitals, schools, and community infrastructure that are at the heart of the province’s economic recovery.

“Ontario’s plan to build includes a corridor of legacy infrastructure projects in the Far North that will unlock unprecedented access to health, social services, high speed internet, and clean alternatives to diesel-generated electricity for Northern First Nation communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “These community-led partnership projects and investments will connect northern First Nations to the Ontario highway network for the first time and bring unprecedented economic opportunities for all northern communities and the rest of the province.”

“Algoma Steel’s landmark investment in Sault Ste. Marie shows that our government’s plan to support Northern Ontario workers, businesses, and communities is working. This is in stark contrast to earlier years when the province lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs because of skyrocketing hydro prices and creating mountains of job killing red tape,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Our government is laying the foundation for long-term competitiveness, economic prosperity, and more good, well-paying jobs in Sault Ste. Marie, and across all of Northern Ontario. We will keep working hard to ensure Ontario continues to attract these transformative investments and good jobs.”

Mayor Christian Provenzano offers the following statement on Algoma Steel’s commitment to transition to electric arc steelmaking:

“This decision is great news for the health and economic stability of our community. This incredible investment will ensure that Algoma has a bright and sustainable future making steel in Sault Ste. Marie for decades. The transformation of its technological operations will help Algoma cut greenhouse gas emissions by three million tonnes annually, making it one of the highest impact projects of its kind in Canada, and it will reduce its direct environmental impact on our own community.

I would like to recognize and thank the Federal Government, the Canada Infrastructure Bank, Province of Ontario, Algoma’s Board of Directors, CEO Michael McQuade, the executive leadership team and management for working together to make this important project a reality.

It is also important to recognize that PUC Services Inc. will play a significant role in this project in the construction of transmission facilities creating a return and value for the City of Sault Ste. Marie and our residents. It is great to see two of our community’s largest employers work together on a development that will strengthen our economy, create value for our community and reduce carbon emissions.”

 

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