Severstal wrestles to restore full Columbus power

May 02, 2011 | 06:40 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Tennesse Valley Authority, power outage, utility, nuclear plant, northern Alabama, storms, tornadoes

TORONTO — Severstal North America Inc. continues to wrestle with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to restore power at its facilities in Columbus, Miss., almost a week after power outages forced the steelmaker to shut down the plant.

The mill’s galvanizing line came up Saturday, and the temper mill also ran over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the company told AMM via e-mail Monday.

Batch anneal operations at Columbus are "running well," and the pickle line and tandem cold mill are expected to be "up and running" Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.

But Severstal continues to work with the TVA "to resolve all outstanding power issues and restore power supply to all of our facilities" following last week’s tornadoes, the spokeswoman said. That includes getting power back up for finishing operations and the mill’s electric arc furnace, she said.....

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