ArcelorMittal South Africa Restarts Vanderbijlpark BF
News24 reported that ArcelorMittal South Africa's Vanderbijlpark plant in Gauteng Province of South Africa has returned to full production, weeks ahead
News24 reported that ArcelorMittal South Africa's Vanderbijlpark plant in Gauteng Province of South Africa has returned to full production, weeks ahead of a planned restart due to a pick up in steel demand, with restart of the second blast furnace on 20 December. ArcelorMittal South Africa said "The company accelerated the restart to December in response to an increase in demand for steel in South Africa and the depleted steel inventories at all stages of the steel supply chain following the Covid-19 lockdowns. Timely restart would help meet the supply of steel to the local industry in the face of the prevailing global steel shortage, with global supply lead times running into the latter part of the second quarter of 2021.”
ArcelorMittal South Africa Chief Executive Mr Kobus Verster said "With all three blast furnaces fully operational at our Newcastle and Vanderbijlpark plants, we expect that we will be more than able to meet the steel requirements in South Africa and neighbouring countries in the coming months.”
However, the producer said it was aware that the second surge in Covid-19 in infections in the country could have an adverse impact on its production ability, adding that production was going ahead under the required safety protocols.
ArcelorMittal South Africa had said in September it would resume production at its Vanderbijlpark plant in January 2021 after it cut back output due to a drop in demand following the Covid-19 lockdown.
Vanderbijlpark Works has two blast furnaces and three Basic Oxygen Furnaces. Apart from the Vanderbijlpark Works, ArcelorMittal South Africa also has operations in Vereeniging, Saldanha and Newcastle.