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No. 3 blast furnace down at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

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The No. 3 blast furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago went down on Saturday, Aug. 4, the company is reporting.

According to a statement released today to the Chesterton Tribune, at 5:45 p.m. process alarms activated indicating a filling problem on the No. 3, and at 6:10 p.m. the furnace “was immediately and safely shut down,” with no injuries.

“An initial investigation determined that the large bell had dropped into the furnace during the charge,” the company said. “The incident is under investigation by plant and union management to determine the cause.”

“Contractors and internal resources were mobilized on Sunday, Aug. 5, to start repairs with an anticipated return of the No. 3 furnace to operation in approximately two weeks,” the company said. “ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor has advanced production volumes at both its No. 4 and No. 7 furnaces to compensate for the outage. We anticipate minimal impact at this time and will be in close communication with our customers.”


Posted 8/9/2018




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