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ArcelorMittal Italia Ordered to Shut BF 2

Steel News - Published on Fri, 12 Jul 2019

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ArcelorMittal Italia, after Taranto Public Prosecutor ordered a production halt at BF 2 at its Taranto plant, said that it is studying the court's notification, assessing technical aspects and hopes to keep the furnace open. It is understood that the closure decision has been taken by the Italian Public Prosecutor following the release of evidence from appointed technicians that the BF 2 does not comply with operational safety standards.

ArcelorMittal said the issue dates back to 29 July 2015, when, following a fatal accident, the Taranto public prosecutor ordered the seizure of the blast furnace. The furnace was effectively seized by the Italian authorities in 2015, having operated since that time under a special accord between the Italian government, Ilva, the troubled former owner of the Taranto works, and Ilva's administrators, on the condition that improvements would be undertaken at the installation.

Blast furnace number 2 at the Taranto works has a design capacity of 2 million tonnes of hot metal but is currently working with a production target of 1.5 million tonnes.

Only BF No 1 was working without any problem at the Taranto It has been working with a crude steel production target of 1.2 million tonnes

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 12 Jul 2019
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