ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. will shutter its No. 1 coke plant in
March 2015 after 62 years in operation, the company
said in a June 27 letter to employees.
"This decision comes
after years of ongoing study as we monitored our coke needs
against the performance and life expectancy of our current
asset," Tony Valeri, vice president, corporate communications
and public affairs, told AMM in an e-mail.
While the steel
producers No. 1 coke plant will be phased out,
ArcelorMittal Dofasco will continue to operate its No. 2 and
No. 3 facilities, both of which met company requirements after
a recent on-site audit, the company said, noting that it has
set up a plan to maintain a steady supply of material after the
No. 1 plant closes. The No. 2 and No. 3 facilities are capable
of producing approximately 520,000 tons and 320,000 tons of
coke per year respectively.
"To ensure a stable
and secure supply of coke for our primary operations,
ArcelorMittal Dofasco will now be responsible for managing an
ArcelorMittal cokemaking facility in Monessen, Pa.," the
company said in the letter to employees. "This facility was
rebuilt in 1980 and is capable of producing 360,000 tons of
coke per year. Over the coming months, our purchasing teams
will look for ways to optimize transportation and logistics for
our coke supply."
Earlier this year, the
Hamilton, Ontario-based steelmaker was charged by
Ontarios Ministry of Environment for 13 counts of
allegedly exceeding visible emissions levels related to the
cokemaking facility (
amm.com, March 28). The court date in that case has
since been postponed to Sept. 3.
The steelmaker, part
of the Flat Carbon Americas unit of Luxembourg-based
ArcelorMittal SA, said that it has had meetings with employees
in the area and will be working with permanent employees on
"Between now and March
2015, we will continue to make coke at all of our facilities,
and our repair and maintenance teams will continue to service
the No. 1 plant batteries and ovens," the company added. "Our
maintenance investment in the plant will continue until it is
phased out, which is approximately C$10 million ($9.5 million)
each year to ensure it maintains performance."
operates on a 750-acre steelmaking complex and produces a range
of flat-rolled steels. The facility includes three coke plants,
two operating blast furnaces, a basic oxygen steelmaking
furnace, an electric-arc furnace, two slab casters, a hot-strip
rolling mill, pickling lines, cold-rolling mills, annealing and
tempering facilities, galvanizing lines, an electrolytic
tinning line and two tube mills, according to its website.