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NLMK USA Expects 7-10 Day Unplanned Outage at Farrell HSM

Written by Michael Cowden

NLMK USA is taking an unplanned seven- to 10-day outage on the hot-strip mill at its facility in Farrell, Pa., a company executive said.

The repairs are necessary because a motor failed on the reversing roughing mill, NLMK USA Executive Vice President James Banker told Steel Market Update on Tuesday, May 11.

NLMKThe company will therefore pull forward planned maintenance on the hot-strip mill that had been scheduled for June. The repairs will result in hot-rolled coil orders being delayed by approximately two weeks, he said.

“We’ll be caught up by June. And we’ll be prioritizing orders that are affected by this outage,” Banker said.

Shipments of downstream pickled-and-oiled (P&O), cold-rolled and coated products should not be impacted because those lines already had work-in-process inventory on hand, he said.

While the June outage on the hot-strip mill has been pulled forward, planned outages on downstream operations remain scheduled for July, Banker said.

The Farrell mill, like NLMK’s electric-arc furnace (EAF) steel mill in Portage, Ind., typically takes one week of downtime for major planned maintenance every six months, he noted.

Also known as NLMK Pennsylvania, the Farrell mill is the company’s largest plant in the U.S. Farrell’s hot-strip mill has annual capacity of 1.8 million tons, according to the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s 2021 Directory of Iron and Steel plants. NLMK USA sells hot-rolled coil, hot-rolled P&O, cold-rolled coil, and galvanized products to service centers as well as a range of end-use markets, including HVAC, appliance, and pipe and tube.

NLMK’s Sharon Coating facility, located in nearby Sharon, Pa., makes galvanized and galvannealed products.

By Michael Cowden,

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