Benteler Steel/Tube recently announced plans to build a new tube mill at the Caddo-Bossier Port. The new facility is estimated to cost $892 million and will be located on a 370 acre site making it one of the largest manufacturing projects in northwest Louisiana's history. Benteler selected Louisiana after a lengthy, competitive site-selection process that included more than a dozen states and 100 potential sites.
The first phase of plant construction will begin in 2013 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015, followed by the opening of a steel production mill (Phase II) within the next four years. Together the two phases of this project are estimated to be 1.35 million square feet in size. This will be Benteler Steel/Tube's first US production plant.
BBC Engineering, Inc., A Division of Forte & Tablada, Inc., served as the central point of contact for The Port and Louisiana Economic Development in providing technical responses to the Benteler site selection team.
Our scope of services included coordination of available utilities, site soil analyses, road and rail access and base flood elevation considerations.
As part of the site improvements, Doug Attaway Road will be extended. BBC has been selected by The Port to provide the engineering design and surveying services, which will include the placement of embankment for a future railroad spur. The roadway and railroad embankment plans will also be designed to accommodate the future extension of a water main along the roadway. The length of the proposed 24’ wide concrete roadway is approximately 3,500 linear feet with an estimated construction cost of $3.2 million. The roadway will tie into US Hwy 1 and will include a left turn lane into the site.
The road project is on a fast-track schedule, with the construction plans and specifications to be completed early February 2013.