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ContiStretch Facility

tonnes of ferrous metals produced p.a
Office: Newcastle 
Customer: OneSteel 
Location: Newcastle 
OneSteel has recently commenced the construction of a state-of-the-art Continuous Stretching (ContiStretch) facility at its Newcastle site. The facility will be the first of its kind in Australia.

The ContiStretch project involves the installation of two state-of-the-art ContiStretch lines. The process will take 10mm, 12mm and 16mm coiled deformed bar from the rod mill and cold work it through stretching to achieve the stringent requirements of Australian standards for concrete reinforcing steel. The current process requires the use of specialized vanadium micro-alloyed steel, which is very expensive, to achieve the required tensile strength. ContiStretch will eliminate the need for expensive vanadium alloys to be added as mechanical strain hardening is utilized to achieve the required yield strengths. The plant will be capable of producing 125,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) once commissioning is complete when operating on a five day, three shift roster.

WorleyParsons has been commissioned as the Project Manager to provide full EPCM services for the installation of two state-of-the-art ContiStretch lines. This involved the project management, design, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of two ContiStretch production lines required to produce, warehouse and despatch 125,000 tpa of strain hardened 500N D-Bar in O and P buildings on the adjacent pipe and tube site. The project also installed a new offices/amenities block, upgraded the road and hardstand infrastructure on the site and re-sheeted the existing warehouse building.

Construction occurred over an eight month program and the project is currently forecast to be on time and on budget.

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