Wheelabrator Awarded Contract by Steel Dynamics

N/Ampany%> (Pittsburgh, PA) on May 17 announced that Steel Dynamics, Inc. had awarded it a contract in excess of nine million dollars for a fabric filter system.

The scope of the turnkey contract includes the design, supply, and erection of a Dustube system to control particulate emissions from Steel Dynamics's new Whitley County, IN, electric-arc furnace melt shop.

The fabric filter system will be designed to handle the fume ventilation of one of the melt shop's furnaces and allow handling future ventilation of the second furnace. The fabric filter will comprise 10 compartments. It will use reverse air to clean polyester bags, filtering a total of approximately 1.2-million cfm of furnace fumes.

Wheelbrator said that an innovative two-duct design--rather than the conventional one-duct arrangement--will be employed. This will provide better ventilation and lower maintenance without compromising the ventilation design or requiring a lengthy downtime for the shop. The system will also include a canopy hood, material-handling system, dust silo, off-loading equipment, ductwork (including water-cooled duct), and fans.

Construction is expected to begin during the third quarter of 1999 and be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2000.

Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control Inc. is a subsidiary of Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. The latter is an environmental services company primarily engaged in the ownership and operation of trash-to-energy, waste-fuel powered independent power, and biosolids-management facilities.

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous, solid-waste management company serving municipal, commercial, industrial and residential customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and 13 other countries.

Contact: Kathleen Furst. Tel: 412-562-7055