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SunCoke pegs 2d-qtr. coke production at 1.08M tons

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NEW YORK — Coke producer SunCoke Energy Inc. estimates its second-quarter domestic production at 1.08 million tons, down slightly from 1.09 million tons in the same 2012 period, it said July 8.

The change reflects lower production at the Lisle, Ill.-based company’s Indiana Harbor coke production facility in East Chicago, Ind., which is currently being refurbished, partly offset by higher production at its Haverhill and Middletown facilities, both in Ohio.

Second-quarter domestic capacity utilization is estimated at 102 percent, down 2 percentage points from the corresponding period last year principally due to lower production at Indiana Harbor.

Coke production is estimated to increase to 455,000 tons from 443,000 tons in the second quarter of 2012.

The portion of this production attributable to SunCoke Energy Partners, which owns 65 percent of the Haverhill and Middletown facilities, is 296,000 tons and 288,000 tons, respectively, during the quarter.

Capacity utilization at Haverhill and Middletown together was put at 110 percent for the second quarter, up 2 percentage points from the same period last year.

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