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JFE Steel Corporation

No.4 Blast Furnace at West Japan Works (Kurashiki) to Be Revamped

TOKYO – JFE Steel Corporation has decided to revamp the No.4 blast furnace of the company’s West Japan Works (Kurashiki). The blow-in is scheduled for the second half of the fiscal year beginning in April 2021.

JFE Steel strives to maintain a production system capable of flexibly and swiftly adjusting to changes in demand.


Project outline:

1. Cost: Approx. 50 billion yen
2. Schedule: September 2021 – December 21 (planned)
3. Other: Post-revamp inner volume will be 5,100 m3 (current: 5,005 m3)

List of West Japan Works blast furnaces:

  Inner volume (m3) Blow-in date
Kurashiki District
No.2 BF (in operation): 4,100 November 2003 (Fourth campaign)
No.3 BF (in operation): 5,055 February 2010 (Fourth campaign)
No.4 BF (to be revamped): 5,005 January 2002 (Third campaign)
Fukuyama District
No.3 BF (in operation): 4,300 May 2011 (Fourth campaign)
No.4 BF (in operation): 5,000 May 2006 (Fourth campaign)
No.5 BF (in operation): 5,500 March 2005 (Third campaign)

About JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated steel producers, was established through the consolidation of NKK Corporation and Kawasaki Steel Corporation in 2003. The company operates several steelworks in Japan and numerous branch offices and affiliates throughout the world. JFE Steel leverages world-class technologies and know-how to produce a wide range of products based on its “Only One, Number One” strategy of focusing on unique and best-in-class products. The company reported consolidated sales of 3,900 billion yen in 2018 and consolidated crude steel output of 27.88 million tons in the fiscal year ended March 2019.

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