NEW YORK A blast furnace at ArcelorMittal SAs 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., facilitys No. 3 blast furnace was caused by a turbo blower failure (amm.com, Aug. 14).
Indiana Harbors 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 outages effect on production, but has said customer supply wouldnt be impacted. The Indiana Harbor facility has a total raw steelmaking capacity of 10 million tons annually, according to ArcelorMittals website.