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Evraz’ Czech plant resumes steelmaking

Keywords: Tags  Europe, Czech Republic, Evraz Vitkovice Steel, EVS, plate sections, ArcelorMittal Ostrava, Christopher Rivituso

LONDON — Evraz Plc’s Evraz Vitkovice Steel (EVS) facility in the Czech Republic has resumed steelmaking operations after a three-month stoppage, sources at the plate and sections producer told AMM sister publication Steel First.

The plant stopped operating in October, one spokesman said in an e-mail, although he declined to indicate the reason for the stoppage.

A second company official also declined Friday to indicate the reasons behind the October halt.

Central European media cited poor demand and outlook as the reasons for the stoppage, although Czech media reports indicated that the plant had reached an agreement with flats and longs producer ArcelorMittal Ostrava (AMO) over pig iron deliveries.

ArcelorMittal executives were not available for comment.

EVS sources pig iron from the neighboring ArcelorMittal SA subsidiary to produce crude steel in its two 75-tonne basic oxygen furnaces. Total crude steel capacity is 950,000 tonnes per year.

The plant rolls sections as well as plate from the slab that it casts on site.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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