The No. 3 blast
furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago went down on
Saturday, Aug. 4, the company is reporting.
According to a
statement released today to the Chesterton Tribune, at 5:45 p.m.
process alarms activated indicating a filling problem on the No. 3, and at
6:10 p.m. the furnace “was immediately and safely shut down,” with no
investigation determined that the large bell had dropped into the furnace
during the charge,” the company said. “The incident is under investigation
by plant and union management to determine the cause.”
internal resources were mobilized on Sunday, Aug. 5, to start repairs with
an anticipated return of the No. 3 furnace to operation in approximately two
weeks,” the company said. “ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor has advanced
production volumes at both its No. 4 and No. 7 furnaces to compensate for
the outage. We anticipate minimal impact at this time and will be in close
communication with our customers.”