After positive results of hot trials during the month of November, Emirates Steel succeeded this month in rolling out the first beams declaring the start of the hot commissioning of the first Heavy Section Mill in the region at a cost of around $650 million. In a statement issued yesterday, the steelmaker said it can now produce large-size sections, beams, columns and sheet piles. The Company had launched in January 2006 a two-phased Expansion Program worth US$ 2.45 billion. Phase 1 was completed in June 2009, Phase 2A in March 2011 and Phase 2B in December 2011. The new Heavy section Mill will be integrated with the second 1.4 MTPA Steel Meltshop and the associated Direct Reduction Plant already started successfully in autumn 2010.