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JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel to Blow in No.3 Blast Furnace at West Japan Works (Kurashiki)

TOKYO – JFE Steel Corporation’s No.3 blast furnace at the company’s West Japan Works (Kurashiki), which is currently undergoing a revamping that started in October, will be blown in for a fourth campaign (operating cycle) beginning in mid-February 2010.

Industries including automotives are expected to continue ordering high-end steel, a JFE Steel specialty, at relatively high levels. By promptly restarting its blast furnace following the revamp, JFE Steel expects to capitalize on the growing demand from domestic and international customers, especially in Asia, who require stable supplies of high-end steel.

Going forward, the company intends to further optimize its blast furnace operational structure on a comprehensive, company-wide basis, including production efficiency, costs and other key factors.

Project outline:

1. Cost: Approx. 30 billion yen
2. Schedule: October 2009 – mid-February 2010
3. Result: Increase inner volume from 4,359 m3 to 5,055m3

List of West Japan Works blast furnaces (BF):

  Inner volume (m3)   Blow-in date
Kurashiki District      
No.2 BF (in operation): 4,100   November 2003 (fourth campaign)
No.3 BF (to be revamped): 4,359   June 1990 (third campaign)
No.4 BF (in operation): 5,005   January 2002 (third campaign)
Fukuyama District      
No.2 BF (in operation): 2,828   September 1998 (fourth campaign)
No.3 BF (idle): 3,223   August 1994 (third campaign)
No.4 BF (in operation): 5,000   May 2006 (fourth campaign)
No.5 BF (in operation): 5,500   March 2005 (third campaign)

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