ArcelorMittal Italia announced that Blast furnace 2 of the Taranto steel plant was finally restarted on 1 February 2021, which had been the subject of a shutdown in March 2020 to allow for the execution of the adaptation activities to the requirements requested by the Court of Taranto.
With this, ArcelorMittals Taranto plant is back in production with a 3 Blast Furnaces AFO1, AFO2, AFO4 and the two steel mills. The current facilities would boost the company's crude steel output in to 5 million tonnes in 2021 from 3.4 million tonnes produced in 2020. However, as per media reports BF4 will be temporary idle in March 2021 for refurbishment and the overall hot metal production in 2021 could reduce
AM Italia blast furnace 5 with a production capacity of around 3.5 million tonnes was idled in 2015 while Blast furnace 3 with a capacity of around 2 million tonnes was idled in 1994 and is due to be dismantled.