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Pump failure at Nucor mill won’t impact supply

Jan 08, 2014 | 04:00 PM |

Tags  steel production, hot-rolled, Nucor, Decatur, pump failure, water jacket, maintenance, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — The failure of a pump serving one of two electric-arc furnaces (EFs) at Nucor Corp.’s mill in Decatur, Ala., is not expected to interrupt production or supply, a company spokeswoman said.

"No one was hurt and the mill was beginning a planned maintenance period when the incident occurred," she said via e-mail. "There will not be a delay in the time line for the maintenance period. There will also be no impact on our production schedule or any interruption to supply."

One source familiar with the situation said that a water-cooled panel or jacket serving the furnace erupted Jan. 7, causing a small blast, and it would likely take two weeks to repair. A second source confirmed that only one of Decatur’s two melters was affected.

The timeline of the scheduled maintenance at the facility was unclear.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor’s mill in Decatur produces a variety of sheet steel, including hot-rolled, cold-rolled, pickled, galvanizing and galvanneal products. Steelmaking capacity at the plant is 2.4 million tons annually, with the heat size of each of Decatur’s two furnaces rated at 220 tons, according to the Association for Iron and Steel Technology directory on iron and steel plants.

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