JFE Steel Corporation
West Japan Works (Fukuyama) Blast Furnace to Resume Operation Soon
Tokyo — JFE Steel Corporation’s No.3 blast furnace at the company’s West Japan Works (Fukuyama) is expected to complete a revamping that began in January and be blown-in for a fourth campaign (operating cycle) beginning around May 14.
The resumption will enable JFE Steel to idle its No.2 blast furnace in Fukuyama for enhanced production efficiency. With the changes, crude-steel production capacity will rise to 13 million tons per annum at Fukuyama and 23 million tons in the larger West Japan Works. JFE Steel’s total capacity will rise to 33 million tons.
Looking ahead, JFE Steel expects to capitalize on growing new demand, especially from Asia, as well as demand for stable supplies from domestic and other international customers. At the same time, the company will continue to optimize its blast furnace operational structure on a comprehensive basis to maximize production efficiency, costs and other key factors.
No.3 Blast Furnace Revamping
|Cost:||2.90 million yen|
|Schedule:||January – May 2011 (planned)|
|Result:||Raise inner volume to 4,300 m3 (currently: 3,223 m3)|
West Japan Works Blast Furnaces
|Inner vol. (m3)||Last blow-in|
|No.2 BF (operating)||:||4,100||November 2003 (fourth campaign)|
|No.3 BF (operating)||:||5,055||February 2010 (fourth campaign)|
|No.4 BF (operating)||:||5,005||January 2002 (third campaign)|
|No.2 BF (operating)||:||2,828||September 1998 (fourth campaign)|
|No.3 BF (revamping)||:||3,223||August 1994 (third campaign)|
|No.4 BF (operating)||:||5,000||May 2006 (fourth campaign)|
|No.5 BF (operating)||:||5,500||March 2005 (third campaign)|
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|JFE Steel Corporation:||https://www.jfe-steel.co.jp/cgi-bin/contact.cgi|