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Construction of US Steel's EAF Postponed

Written by Sandy Williams

US Steel Corp announced it will postpone construction of the electric arc furnace at its Fairfield Works operation in Alabama due to “continued challenging market conditions in both the oil and gas and steel industries.”

The $230 million EAF was scheduled for completion next year, giving US Steel the flexibility of its first EAF. The furnace was expected to have an annual capacity of 1.6 million net tons and would use scrap metal instead of iron ore.

US Steel cited as reasons for the postponement, oil prices that hit an eight year low in December as well as continued high levels of imports that have resulted in low steel pricing.

In November, when reporting third quarter results, the company cut its EBITDA forecast for 2015 to $225 million due to weak market conditions.

US Steel said the delay in construction of the EAF will not impact customers. US Steel will continue to operate the Fairfield pipe mill, and its steelmaking operations in Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Fairfield’s #5 coating line and the Double G hot-dip galvanizing joint venture in nearby Jackson, Miss. will continue to operate.

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