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TK slab mill faces blast furnace issues in Brazil

Keywords: Tags  ThyssenKrupp Cia. Siderúrgica do Atlântico, ThyssenKrupp CSA, CSA, Cia. Siderúrgica Nacional, CSN, Vale, slab, steel Brazil plant

LONDON — Output at ThyssenKrupp Cia. Siderúrgica do Atlântico Ltda.’s (CSA’s) 5-million-tonne-per-year slab plant in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state has been affected by problems at one of its blast furnaces.

"One of the blast furnaces is currently facing operational issues caused by process instabilities," the Rio de Janeiro-based company said late June 13.

CSA stopped the blast furnace about a month ago, according to Brazilian media reports, although the steelmaker hasn’t confirmed this.

"(The plant) has suffered a partial (production) disruption due to the issues in one of the blast furnaces," the company said, without commenting on possible output losses.

The operational problem has come up as Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp AG is in the process of selling its 73.13-percent stake in CSA.

São Paulo-based iron ore and flat steel producer Cia. Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) has been negotiating the terms and conditions applying to a potential acquisition of ThyssenKrupp’s Steel Americas operation, which includes its assets in Alabama (, May 21).

Rio de Janeiro-based Vale SA holds the other 26.87-percent interest in CSA.

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

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