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JSW USA restarts Ohio steel furnace after nine years

Pittsburgh — JSW USA has restarted its Mingo Junction, Ohio, electric arc furnace and cast its first slabs in more than nine years, according to a note to customers on Monday.

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The steelmaker said it "successfully melted and continuously slab cast our first heat on 12/14/2018" and had launched the mill into regular production. "We are producing CSB - 1006 (commercial quality grade) initially and will move onto the structural steels and HSLA (high strength low alloy) grades throughout the month of December," it added.

India-based JSW announced the acquisition of the mill in March for $80.85 million. The facility had its 1.6 million st/year EAF originally installed in 2004, but has not been in operation since 2009.

JSW USA had been producing hot-rolled coil with Brazilian slab at the mill's hot-strip mill throughout 2018 as the restart of the EAF was rescheduled several times. Securing an oxygen supply added to the delays, according to multiple market sources.

Scrap suppliers believe the mill will be consuming 100,000 lt/month of scrap as early as April 2019, with around half of the mix being prime scrap. At its peak, the mill was buying as much as 120,000 lt/month of scrap in 2007 as part of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel.

-- Michael Fitzgerald, michael.fitzgerald@spglobal.com

-- Nicholas Tolomeo, nicholas.tolomeo@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Joe Innace, newsdesk@spglobal.com