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Two ArcelorMittal BFs Out of Commission, Shipment Delays Expected

Written by Laura Miller

ArcelorMittal is anticipating delays in shipments after recent incidents took down two of its European blast furnaces (BFs).

 ArcelorMittalOn March 22, a serious fire totally disabled BF A at its mill in Gijón, Asturias, in northeast Spain. Then, on March 30, BF HF4 at its Dunkirk plant in northern France was idled after a similar incident.

“We are assessing the damages and the time needed to make the necessary repairs as well as the impact on our production plans,” ArcelorMittal Flat Europe said in a March 31 letter to customers.

“At this stage, given the severity of the incidents, it appears that several weeks will be needed to get back to standard production levels. This means that we must acknowledge that delays in execution of existing orderbook is likely to be unavoidable and that allocations for fresh orderbook may also be reduced,” the steelmaker said in the letter.

The Dunkirk mill produces slabs and hot-rolled coils. The steelmaking behemoth is planning to build a 2.5-million-metric-ton direct-reduced iron (DRI) unit there to begin operations in 2027. Two out of three BFs at the plant are expected to be replaced by the DRI facility.

The Gijon plant operates two BFs and produces heavy plate, wire rod, and rail products.

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