In today’s news, we will look into the BP and Meta that are constructing the 134 megawatt direct current (107 megawatt alternating current) Arche solar facility in Fulton County, Ohio. Meanwhile, as a direct result of the product’s success and widespread adoption in residential and nonresidential building applications, the GALVALUME® steel warranty has been doubled to support the continued development of sustainable steel. On the other hand, the Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics, Kyung Kye-hyun, stated that a new semiconductor plant being constructed in Taylor, Texas was making excellent progress and will be finished this year. Furthermore, in an announcement made to South Korean media on January 8th, SK On Co., a South Korean battery manufacturer, and Ford Motor Co., a US automobile manufacturer, is building the largest electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States on a 6.28 million square meter site. Moreover, this Friday begins a year of construction. The Oyster Creek bridge on southbound U.S. 59 will be closed Friday night, according to TxDOT.
Ohio gets green energy and jobs through bp’s utility-scale solar project
In Fulton County, Ohio, bp is building the 134 megawatt dc (107MWac) Arche solar plant with Meta.
Arche’s renewable electricity could eliminate 155,900 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions yearly, comparable to 34,000 fuel-burning cars.
Arche will provide more than $30 million for local public services and 200 construction employment.
Today, BP began construction of its 134MWdc (107MWac) Arche Solar project in Fulton County, Ohio, supporting the worldwide shift to lower-carbon energy. Arche will generate about $30 million in funding for local schools and other public services and 200 US supply chain jobs during development.
bp and Meta have signed a power-purchase agreement (PPA) to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and boost US renewable energy. Arche will power about 20,000 US households with sustainable energy once completed.
“This deal shows how corporations can create jobs, invest in the US economy, promote net zero objectives, and help the world cut carbon emissions,” said bp America chairman and president Dave Lawler. Another example of bp cooperating to accelerate change and become a comprehensive energy organization that can help corporations, countries, and cities decarbonize.
Lightsource bp, bp’s 50:50 joint-venture partner, created and is managing construction.
“We appreciate bp’s assistance in helping keep our promise to supporting our global operations with 100% renewable energy,” said Meta’s renewable energy head Urvi Parekh. We are happy that this project will provide fresh energy to the grid and bring employment and investment to Ohio.”
The project’s principal contractor, McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy & Storage team, will install ultra-low-carbon solar panels and sophisticated solar trackers from US-based First Solar and Nextracker.
bp wants to build 20GW of net renewable generating capacity by 2025 and 50GW by 2030.
bp wants to be net zero by 2050 and assist the world get there. bp invests extensively in bioenergy, e-mobility, renewables, and hydrogen in the US and worldwide. Since 2005, bp has invested $135 billion in the US economy and supported 245,000 employment.
U.S. Steel Introduces Industry-Leading Warranty for GALVALUME® Coated Steel Coils
In response to product success and uptake in residential and nonresidential building applications, double GALVALUME® steel warranty, supports sustainable steel future.
The standard limited warranty policy for GALVALUME® coated coils used in nonresidential and residential building construction was doubled today by United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X). The new U.S. Steel guarantees will last 40-60 years, up from 20-25 years.
U.S. Steel’s new warranty policy supports corrosion-resistant sheet steels in building construction by meeting consumer and customer expectations. GALVALUME® coated steel can resist hurricanes, heavy snowfall, and wildfires with these lengthier warranties.
The most experienced and longest-tenured licensee of GALVALUME® coated steel coils in North America is U.S. Steel. Zinc-aluminum coated steel is commonly unlicensed and imported into the U.S. building market, therefore GALVALUME® coated steel is a better option.
GALVALUME® is 100% recyclable steel, unlike asphalt shingles, which must be disposed of in landfills. It also has excellent lifespan and corrosion resistance for construction roofing and siding.
“At U.S. Steel, we understand and share the dedication of our clients and their consumers who seek long-lasting, ecologically responsible, high-quality, and cost-effective building materials.” Ken Jaycox, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of U.S. Steel, said, “Licensed GALVALUME® continues to prove itself in the industry as the best choice for roofing and architectural panels, and other building applications.”
Coils shipped after January 1, 2023, have longer warranties for greater coating weights. Pre-painted products are covered for 10 more years. GALVALUME® is a BIEC International Inc. trademark.
The first North American steel business to join ResponsibleSteelTM, a global non-profit seeking to make steel more sustainable, was U.S. Steel.
US Steel Corporation, founded in 1901, is a major steel producer. U.S. Steel’s customer-centric Best for All® strategy is building a safer, more sustainable future for the company and its stakeholders. U.S. Steel provides high-value steel products including its proprietary XG3TM advanced high-strength steel to the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, containers, and packaging industries. The Company produces competitive iron ore and has 22.4 million net tonnes of raw steelmaking capacity. U.S. Steel is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and operates globally.
Samsung CEO Kyung Kye-hyun confirms US semiconductor facility construction
Samsung Electronics CEO Kyung Kye-hyun said a new semiconductor plant in Taylor, Texas was progressing well and will be completed this year.
Kyung, Samsung’s semiconductor business co-CEO, posted on Instagram that Taylor’s construction is on pace.
“The fab will finish this year and start manufacturing the best products next year,” he said.
According to Yonhap, Kyung uploaded a photo of Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell awarding him a Samsung Highway road sign.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court dubbed Future County Road near Samsung’s Taylor fab “Samsung Highway” in December.
Samsung announced a $17 billion advanced chip factory in the city in November 2021 to “help improve production of advanced logic semiconductor solutions that fuel next-generation innovations and technology”.
It chose the site based on “the local semiconductor ecosystem, infrastructure stability, local government support and community development prospects” and its closeness to Samsung’s current manufacturing site in Austin, 25 kilometers southwest of Taylor.
(Yonhap Feature) Joint giant U.S. EV battery plants under construction as SK seeks global leadership
The rich terracotta clay soil had been wetted by rain, generating little and huge puddles around a massive steel structure with millions of steel beams.
Yet it was another busy Sunday for many of the 800 engineers and construction workers who had arrived to “get rolling” on schedule for the electric vehicle battery production factories under construction in Glendale, Kentucky, roughly 84.5 kilometers south of Louisville.
The 6.28 million-square-meter construction site, announced to South Korean media on Jan. 8, is where South Korean battery company SK On Co. and Ford Motor Co. are developing the largest EV battery plant in the US on a single location.
George Eschker, a supervisor with Barton Malow Co., the project’s primary contractor, stated, “It’s a massive programme, so we need to take advantage of whatever days that we can to speed the timeline.”
Eschker remarked, “We have up to 160 people working here today in multiple teams.”
The two businesses’ joint venture, BlueOval SK (BOSK), announced in September 2021 a US$11.4 billion investment to develop twin EV battery factories in Kentucky and a third in Tennessee.
The site’s 8,000-10,000-ton steel frames make roughly half of one factory or a quarter of both facilities.
“The walking distance from one end to the other of the facility is almost 1 kilometer,” SK On’s BOSK building unit project leader Park Chang-seok stated during the press tour.
Park noted that the BOSK plants will be one to two floors tall and roughly 30 meters tall, the height of an average 12-floor residential flat in South Korea.
The BlueOval SK Battery Park manufacturing complex in Kentucky broke ground this month, setting the joint venture on a smooth path that will help Ford accelerate its electrification drive and SK expand into America.
After completion, the plants will produce 129 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year, enough to power 1.2 million Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickups.
Ford plans to make half its global vehicles electric by 2030.
SK On, the battery-making business of South Korea’s second-largest conglomerate SK Group, expects the combined U.S. plants would help it become the world’s top player over the next decade.
BOSK director Shin Dong-yun remarked, “The BOSK plants will account for the bulk of the 150 GWh output capacity projected for our North American activities.” “We need BOSK to be number one globally.”
SK On, which was spun off from SK Innovation Co., South Korea’s largest energy company, lags behind LG Energy Solution Ltd., the world’s No. 2 battery maker.
SK On operates two standalone EV battery plants in Georgia, one of which started operations this year.
According to SK On statistics, the construction has passed some significant milestones.
It has transported 4.3 million cubic yards of soil, enough to fill 200 American football stadiums, and lay 283,000 tonnes of stone, the weight of approximately 1,350 locomotives.
Crews have poured 66,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough to fill 356 private swimming pools, and put 3,300 tonnes of rebar ties, enough to weigh more than 470 elephants.
It has erected 1,300 deep foundations, or underground structures that transfer building loads, equal to approximately 60 Empire State Buildings stacked end to end.
Michigan project engineer Leonardo Orozco said he can’t see visiting his family in Mexico anytime soon with “all this big programme going on.”
He said, “I can’t afford the time for a while.”
Shin said the three plants will provide 11,000 local jobs and boost the local economy.
The project also promises additional orders for South Korean component suppliers since BOSK will use Korean construction and other equipment for the factories.
Following trial runs, the Kentucky factories will begin operations in the first quarter of 2025, while the third plant in Stanton, Tennessee, will begin operations in 2026.
Tyler Shovein, a Barton Malow project engineer, said, “It’s absolutely exciting being on the vanguard of this technology and knowing that I’m helping to the green energy revolution.” The project excites me.
US 59 SB/NB lanes in Sugar Land will close this weekend for construction
Sugar Land’s Highway 59? Gridlock alert, but only for the weekend.
A yearlong construction project starts Friday.
TxDOT says U.S. 59 southbound lanes will close Friday night near the Oyster Creek bridge. The feeder will redirect traffic, but those lanes should reopen Saturday.
Then northbound lanes will close, forcing cars onto the feeder. Lanes should reopen Sunday.
As crews replace the Oyster Creek bridge, HOV and shoulder lanes will be removed.
Next year I should finish that project.
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Summary of today’s construction news
Overall, we have discussed BP’s Arche Solar project in Fulton County, Ohio that has officially broken ground today, contributing to the worldwide transition to lower-carbon energy sources with its 134MWdc (107MWac) capacity. During construction, Arche will create roughly 200 US supply chain jobs and $30 million in revenue for local schools and other public services.
On the other hand, U.S. Steel Corporation has quadrupled the normal limited warranty policy for GALVALUME® coated coils used in commercial and residential building construction. New U.S. Steel warranties extend coverage from 20-25 years to 40-60 years.
Additionally, new semiconductor facility construction in Taylor, Texas is proceeding on schedule, according to Samsung Electronics CEO Kyung Kye-hyun. The fab will be completed this year, he claimed, and top-quality goods would be manufactured in the next year. Furthermore, SK On, the battery manufacturing division of South Korea’s second-largest conglomerate SK Group, believes that the merger of the two U.S. plants will help it establish itself as the industry leader over the next decade.
On top of that, the Oyster Creek bridge on southbound U.S. 59 will be closed Friday night, according to TxDOT. Although the feeder will reroute traffic, the affected lanes should be accessible again by Saturday.