Ternium SA will invest $225 million in industrial safety,
environmental and maintenance works at its Guerrero plant near
designed "to guarantee a long-term sustainable operation
integrated to Terniums new industrial center in
Pesquería (in Nuevo León state)," Ternium
chairman and chief executive officer Paolo Rocca said Sept.
follows an explosion during routine maintenance work at the
direct-reduced iron intake of an electric-arc furnace at the
Guerrero plant of subsidiary Ternium Mexico SA de CV.
So far, eleven workers
have died because of the accident (
amm.com, Aug. 30).
measures include "expanding monitoring systems, installing
additional detectors inside each industrial space, reinforcing
venting systems and outlining new signage and evacuation
routes," the Luxembourg-based steelmaker said.
Modifications will be
introduced to the mills internal organization, in the
scrap and slag plots and mineral and transfer yards, it
In terms of
environmental renovation, the investment will focus on
enhancing controls over steel shop emissions, as well as the
construction of a new acid regenerating facility.
The company has
launched a training program for employees at the plant, which
was built in the 1940s. The Guerrero plant employs 3,900
people, more than a third of the companys 9,200 workers
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel