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JFE Steel Corporation

No. 6 Blast Furnace at East Japan Works (Chiba) to be Revamped

JFE Steel Corporation has decided to revamp the No. 6 blast furnace of the company’s East Japan Works (Chiba). As part of the structural reforms that the company announced this past March, the targeted blow-in date had been set for 2023. Since then, however, it was decided to move up the targeted blow-in date to December 2022 in order to accelerate the improved profitability that the company expects to realize as a result of its ongoing structural reforms.

Going forward, JFE Steel will continue to constantly monitor and forecast steel demand as well as maintain a production system capable of adjusting flexibly and swiftly to changes in the external environment.


Project outline

1. Cost: Approx. 43 billion yen
2. Schedule: September 2022 – December 2022
3. Other: Post-revamp inner volume of 5,153 ㎥ (currently: 5,153 ㎥)

Overview of JFE Steel blast furnaces

Inner volume (㎥) Blow-in date
East Japan Works    
  Chiba District
   No. 6 BF (to be revamped):
5,153 May 1998 (second campaign)
  Keihin District
   No. 2 BF (in operation):
5,000 March 2004 (second campaign)
West Japan Works    
  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 (being 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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