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JSW Steel USA Ladle Breakout Not Expected to Impact Customers

Written by Becca Moczygemba

A breakout at JSW Steel USA’s mill in Mingo Junction, Ohio, resulted in a fire late last month. But the steelmaker does not expect the incident to disrupt customers.

“We had a loss of containment of steel from a ladle while processing at the LMF (ladle metallurgy furnace). This resulted in a fire which damaged some wiring,” JSW Steel USA CEO Mark Bush told Steel Market Update.

There were no injuries. And “with our slab and coil inventories, we expect very little, if any, impact to our customers,” Bush added.

A ladle breakout is “an accident caused by the failure of the walls of the hearth of the blast furnace, resulting in liquid iron or slag (or both) flowing uncontrolled out of the blast furnace,” according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

JSW Steel USA’s Mingo Junction mill houses an electric arc furnace EAF, an LMF, a slab caster, and an 80” hot-rolling mill. The mill’s capacity is approximately 3 million short tons per year. 

By Becca Moczygemba,

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