Operations at Kazakhstan steelmaker ArcelorMittal Temirtau were partly suspended on Saturday November 10 due to an explosion in a gas pipeline. ArcelorMittal Temirtau’s chief operating officer Vadim Basin said “An accident investigation will take at least three weeks. After that, we will resume production. A complete investigation and production restart will take a month.”
Market sources expect that ArcelorMittal Temirtau will not return to normal operations for several months, however. Steelmaking functions and the rolling workshops were stopped because of the explosion and a fire. Only one of four blast furnaces is operating, ArcelorMittal Temirtau said. But basic oxygen furnace No1 and blast furnace No3 had been stopped before the accident for general maintenance.
Source : METAL BULLETIN
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