According to a report in RTBF, a fire broke out on 21 Decmber at NLMK’s steel plant in La Louvière in Belgium. As per report, fire broke out in the cooling tank in cold rolling mill area but the firefighters quickly brought the fire. The fire has reportedly damaged large network of electrical cables in the basement Seperately, NLMK La Louviere has declared force majeure after a breakage of a pinion shaft in one of the finishing stands at its hot strip mill on 9 December. NLMK La Louviere’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr Burak Soydan informed customers on 20 December “Our current findings lead us to believe that a possible restart of the production activities, albeit in a partial mode and for coils of certain thicknesses only, could occur in the beginning of January 2023, without excluding the possibility of additional delays, depending on the status of the damages. The company will struggle to produce thinner coils, making it extremely challenging for it to honour its contractual obligations.” Located in Belgium, NLMK La Louvière focuses on the production of hot- and cold-rolled coils for automotive industry, general construction, and pressure vessels manufacturers. Its production capacity is 1.681 million tonnes of hot-rolled steel, 1.280 million tonnes of pickled steel.