RG Steel Warren Furnace to be Restarted this Evening
RG Steel Warren blast furnace was taken down for most of Monday as a precaution after an explosion in the #4 stove which is connected to the furnace.
On Monday RG Steel spokesperson Bette Kovach told Steel Market Update, “There was a failure of #4 stove this morning at 1:30 a.m. at the blast furnace at RG Steel in Warren. There were no injuries. There were fires in some adjacent structures, which were extinguished by local fire companies. We are preparing to restart the blast furnace and do not expect any customer disruptions.”
RG Steel Warren facility (formerly Severstal Warren and WCI Steel) has one blast furnace which is rated at 4,000 tons per day, according to AIST data. The blast furnace has four stoves which heat air which is then blasted into the furnace.
Local news reports said there was extensive damage to a machine shop which housed tools and spare parts. No injuries were reported to either RG Steel employees or firefighters. (Source: RG Steel, Vindy.com)