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Second blast furnace fired up at ThyssenKrupp CSA in Brazil

By Gerald Ondrey |

Blast furnace 2 at the ThyssenKrupp CSA steel mill in Santa Cruz/Rio de Janeiro state was fired up on schedule and without problems on Thursday evening, December 16, 2010 – five months after blast furnace 1, which is now producing over 6,500 metric tons (m.t.) of top-quality hot metal per day, close to its full capacity. “I expect the ramp-up of our second blast furnace to be just as successful and that next fiscal year the plant will be able to operate at its full capacity,” says Edwin Eichler, the ThyssenKrupp AG (Essen, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp.com) executive board member responsible for the Materials division. “This further milestone in our forward strategy will allow us to reach our objective of generating a profit in the Steel Americas business area in 2012/2013.” The startup phase for blast furnace 2 was completed after only two days, and processing of the hot metal into slabs began on Saturday. INEA, the Rio de Janeiro state environmental authority, and independent experts were closely involved in the startup and ramp-up. No objections were raised. There were also no complaints from residents. In addition to blast furnace 1, the two 330-ton converters have been in operation since early September…
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