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USS Taking 45-Day Outage at Gary Works No. 8 Blast Furnace

Written by Michael Cowden

US Steel is in the midst of a 45-day planned outage on the No. 8 blast furnace at its Gary Works in northwest Indiana.

The outage began on April 11 and is for typical repairs, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker told SMU.

She did not have an end date for the repairs. That said, a 45-day outage starting on April 11 indicates work should be completed in late May – on or around May 26.

The outage was disclosed in a slide deck released along with US Steel’s first quarter earnings results.

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SMU has updated its blast furnace status table to reflect the outage.

No. 8 is the smallest blast furnace at Gary Works with daily iron-making capacity of 3,000 tons. Some context: Gary Work’s No. 14 furnace can make more than twice that. It has daily iron-making capacity of 7,450 tons.

The outage on No. 8 means US Steel is currently producing with six furnaces at its domestic mills: two at its Mon Valley Works in western Pennsylvania (No. 1 and No. 3), three at Gary Works (No. 4, No. 6, and No. 14), and one at is Granite City Works near St. Louis (B furnace).

Gary Works is US Steel’s largest mill. It has annual steelmaking capacity of 7.5 million net tons and supplies a full range of sheet products as well as plate in coils and tin products, according to the company’s website.

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