North Star BlueScope intends to take a 10-day outage in November at its flat-rolled steel mill in Delta, Ohio, according to SMU sources.
The scheduled outage planned for the first week of November will be the final step to tie the new electric arc furnace and caster into the existing mill. The downtime is expected to cut November production totals by one-third, sources said.
The company declined Steel Market Update’s request for confirmation.
North Star BlueScope’s $700 million expansion at its Delta, Ohio, facility announced in 2019, will increase hot-rolled coil production by 850,000 tons annually, bringing its slab-making capacity to approximately 3.9 million tons per year, according to a company presentation.
The expansion includes the addition of a third EAF, second slab caster and new shuttle facility.
The first coil from the new equipment is expected early in first-quarter 2022, but it could take another 18 months for the expansion to ramp up to its nameplate capacity.
By David Schollaert, David@SteelMarketUpdate.com
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