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ArcelorMittal Brasil to Restart BF 3 at Tubarao Mill in October

Steel News - Published on Wed, 23 Sep 2020

Image Source: ArcelorMittal Brasil BF Tubarao Mill
ArcelorMittal will restart the 2.8 million tonne per annum blast furnace No3 at its Tubarão mill in the in mid October, which has been idle since March due to an unfavorable economic scenario resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said that “Resuming BF activity is a strategic decision in the face of an apparent recovery in economic activity. Although it is still early to evaluate following scenarios, including if there will be a resumption of activity and if it will be sustainable, the company wants to be ready for larger and quicker increased operational flexibility.”

After restarting this remaining idled capacity, the company will have Tubarao's nealy 7 million tonnes per year of furnace capacity available, since BF No 2 resumed operations in July. However the three BFs there will operate at reduced capacity aimed at supplying customers that gradually resume consumption, and as a way to ensure the operational optimization of the complex.

Restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Brazil reduced steel demand and led to mills halting some of their blast furnaces from late March. At the peak Covid-related shutdowns, Brazilian steel industry had 13 idle blast furnaces,

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 23 Sep 2020
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