Mittal shuts Vanderbijl electric arc furnace

Engineering News 31 October 2012.

Instead of completing the R230-million dust-extraction system at its Vanderbijlpark plant to abate fugitive emissions that escaped from electric arc furnaces, steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) had taken the decision to close its furnaces indefinitely, CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita said Wednesday.

The plant’s three electric arc furnaces were shut on October 16, reducing Vanderbijlpark’s 4.7-million-ton-a-year production capacity by 500 000 t/y…

(Editor’s note: The recession bites. At least Eskom isn’t paying them to shut down!)

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