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Nippon Steel restarts the Kure blast furnace after repairs

Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest integrated mill, has reignited the halted blast furnace with an inner volume of 2,650 cu meters on August 20 at its Kure area of Setouchi Works in western Japan after a halt over August 14-19, and its steel production has not been affected much, a company official confirmed on August 28.
TheNo.1 blast furnace was banked on August 14due to some defects, but it has been back online and Nippon Steel has been closely monitoring its operational stability andsafety, the official said, declining to disclose the exact problem the furnace had incurred. “Wedo not have a specific date for itsreturn to the


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