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Fire hits ArcelorMittal pipe and tube plant

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal, fire, Kazakhstan, Vanderbijlpark, Deon Reyneke, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — A worker died from injuries sustained in a fire at an ArcelorMittal SA steel tube and pipe plant in Kazakhstan over the weekend. Two other workers hospitalized with burns were said to be in critical condition.

A company spokesman had no other details about the incident and could not comment on whether production at the plant in Aktau had been affected, but a local report said the fire occurred in an electrical transformer substation.

The Aktau facility produces up to 65,000 tonnes of pipe and tube and mining equipment per year.

The Aktau incident follows a fire at ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, earlier this month.

A Feb. 9 fire caused extensive damage at the Vanderbijlpark steelmaking works, and the head of metal and engineering at trade union Solidarity, Deon Reyneke, told AMM sister publication Steel First that part of the facility is likely to remain closed for at least three months.

ArcelorMittal South Africa has declared force majeure on deliveries from its Vanderbijlpark steelmaking works, saying it would be unable to follow through on its contractual obligations following the fire.

The Vanderbijlpark facility can produce up to 3.71 million tons of crude steel per year via three basic oxygen converters, and a further 1.71 million tons from three 155-tonne electric-arc furnaces.

Christopher Rivituso, London, and Bianca Markram, Johannesburg, contributed to this story.

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