USS reaches coke self-sufficiency: Surma

Jan 30, 2013 | 06:28 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  U.S. Steel, coke self-sufficiency, John Surma, Gretchen Haggerty, Pro-Tec, Keetac, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — U.S. Steel Corp. is now self-sufficient when it comes to its North American coke requirements, the company’s top executive says.

The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker recently started up its new "C" coke battery in Clairton, Pa., and one of two Carbonyx units at its operations in Gary, Ind., chairman and chief executive officer John P. Surma said during a conference call with analysts Jan. 29.

"We now have the ability to produce all the coke we need in North America," Surma said.

The increased capability also allows U.S. Steel to adjust blends of coke, injection coal and natural gas for each of its blast furnaces, thereby keeping carbon costs as low as possible, Surma said. In addition, the move eliminates the company’s need to buy coke on the merchant market, which often is of lower quality.....

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