May 24, 2007
Saldanha Steel output may fall 100 000 t next year on furnace relinesBack
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Meanwhile, Mittal Steel South Africa said earlier this month that the reline of its blast furnace D at its Vanderbijlpark operations was behind schedule, but this would not impact on supplies to the local market.
“The slabs that we imported were adequate and we are not short supplying the local market at all," Reato told journalists after the firm’s AGM in Johannesburg. “We are running some 10 days late,” he noted, adding that the problems causing the delay had been resolved, and Mittal Steel South Africa was “tracking the situation very tightly”.
Mittal Steel South Africa’s R578-million relining of the Vanderbijlpark Blast Furnace D to increase capacity at the plant was originally scheduled to start in February 2007. The reline will increase the production capacity of Blast Furnace D by an additional 150 000 t of liquid iron production a year. Previously, Blast Furnace D produced 1,7-million tons a year.
Shares in Mittal Steel South Africa closed 0,78% lower on Thursday , at R126,00 a share.
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