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Japan’s JFE Steel to bring forward BF relining at Chiba

JFE Steel, Japan’s second largest integrated mill, will start relining the No.6 blast furnace at the Chiba area of its East Japan Works much sooner than the mill had initially scheduled, saying that by starting the work early it can start cutting production costs sooner, JFE announced on November 9.
With an inner volume of 5,153 cu meters, the Chiba No.6 furnace will be stopped in September 2022, and though its inner volume will not be expanded during the reline, the unit’s production efficiency will be improved, a JFE official explained. The company plans to reignite the furnace in December 2022. The announcement is significant


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