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ArcelorMittal BF goes back online

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal, Indiana Harbor plant, blast furnace, outage, raw steel, steelmaking, Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — A blast furnace at ArcelorMittal SA’s Indiana Harbor facility is fully operational after experiencing an unplanned outage Aug. 8, a company spokesman confirmed to AMM.

The unscheduled maintenance outage at the East Chicago, Ind., facility’s No. 3 blast furnace was caused by a turbo blower failure (, Aug. 14).

Indiana Harbor’s No. 3 and No. 4 blast furnaces alternated use of a single-turbo blower over the course of the outage, as the furnaces share some infrastructural components, AMM has been told. As a result, the facility was able to keep both furnaces operational, albeit not at full capacity.

ArcelorMittal declined to comment on the outage’s effect on production, but has said customer supply wouldn’t be impacted. The Indiana Harbor facility has a total raw steelmaking capacity of 10 million tons annually, according to ArcelorMittal’s website.

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