ArcelorMittal Italia's management represented by the CEO Lucia Morselli and the Human Resources Director Arturo Ferrucci at a meeting held in Taranto told FIM, FIOM, UILM and USB trade unions that blast furnace No 2 at llva plant will be restarted in the coming days. Specifically, the company stated that the delay in the restart of BF2, scheduled for 26 January, resulted from a technical problem of the boring machine. However, the kiln preheating procedure was started .With the restart of BF No 2, which has been idle since last spring, daily steel production at the plant in Taranto should rise from 10,000 tonnes to 14,000 tonnes. As a result, total production at the plant is expected to be around 5 million tonnes with BFs Nos 1, 2 and 4 operating. ArcelorMittal Italia had ended 2020 with an annual production of around 3.4 million tonnes, it’s lowest ever.
With regard to the extension of the deadlines for the execution of prescription n.6 of the Environmental Plan, the General Management of the Ministry of the Environment has sent a communication to ArcelorMittal which contains the reasons that prevent the request for extension of the aforementioned requirement of the Integrated Environmental Authorization and which could determine the shutdown of Blast Furnace 4. However, procedures for stopping BF 4, as reported by ArcelorMittal, could start from January 31st, the deadline for the implementation of the Prime Ministerial Decree of September 29th 2017.
Temporary layoffs due to Covid-19 started on January 4 for another 12 weeks for all employees at the Taranto plant, which may affect up to 8,132 direct employees. According to the company, this is due to the persistence of the reduction in work activity attributable to the pandemic.