Minnesota Power and ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, have agreed to a new 10-year electric service agreement through December 2025 to supply electricity to the steelmaker’s Minorca mine near Virginia, Minnesota.
“This long-term contract reflects a commitment to the future of mining on the Iron Range,” said Alan R. Hodnik, ALLETE chairman, president and CEO. “It also illustrates the strength of the relationships Minnesota Power has built over the years with ArcelorMittal and other large industry in northeastern Minnesota. Minnesota Power continues to be the premier energy supplier on the Iron Range.”
Minorca, which is wholly owned by ArcelorMittal, produces nearly 3 million tons annually of customized fluxed pellets for use at its flagship blast furnace at Indiana Harbor Works near Chicago.
“ArcelorMittal’s Minorca mine is pleased that the cooperative effort between the mine and Minnesota Power on the new long-term electric service agreement meets our energy needs in a competitive manner,” said Vice President/Operations Manager Jonathan Holmes.
Minnesota Power filed the new contract with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The contract is subject to regulatory approval.