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ArcelorMittal Restarting Blast Furnace 4 at Indiana Harbor Plant

Steel News - Published on Tue, 04 Aug 2020

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NWI Times reported that ArcelorMittal is restarting a blast furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East Chicago that was idled because of the coronavirus and repairing another blast furnace that was damaged in an explosion at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. Spokesman William Steers said "ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor has begun preparations to restart Indiana Harbor #4 blast furnace. The flexibility afforded by our ArcelorMittal USA assets allows the company to continue matching production with customer demand."

In May, steelmaker idled the 4 Blast Furnace at its Indiana Harbor steel mill after automotive plants nationwide shut down for a deep cleaning to slow the spread of coronavirus. The steelmaker blew down the blast furnace to adapt to the drop in demand while maintaining the flexibility of our operations and with necessary precaution to preserve the asset for future production.

The steelmaker also is making repairs to Blast Furnace D, which was damaged in an explosion last month at its Burns Harbor mill. A stove dome failure two weeks ago caused a fire that forced the company to take the blast furnace offline. Videos posted to social media showed the blast showering the mill with the shrapnel of big chunks of burning hot refractory, the interior lining that protects the blast furnace shell from super-heated temperatures during the steelmaking process.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 04 Aug 2020
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