Severstal NA mulls BF rebuild, annealing line
Apr 12, 2012 | 03:09 PM
| Michael Cowden
TORONTO Severstal North America Inc. is mulling a potential rebuild of the idled "B" blast furnace at its Dearborn, Mich., steel works as well as constructing a continuous annealing line without Energy Department funding, a company spokeswoman and union official told AMM.
The facility currently operates only its "C" blast furnace, which has an annual production capacity of 2.1 million tons, a figure that would jump to 3.1 million tons if the "B" blast furnace were to be brought back online, the Severstal spokeswoman said, adding that any rebuild would depend on market conditions. "If we need more steel made and we need another integrated furnace, then we would bring back the B blast furnace. But that hasnt been decided yet."
The "B" blast furnace in Dearborn was shut down after molten metal breached the furnaces shell in January 2008, spilling raw materials and liquid metal onto the floor (AMM, Jan. 8, 2008). The accident occurred not long after the "C" blast furnace resumed operations following a major upgrade.....
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