Steel manufacturer POSCO has restarted production of semi-finished steel at its Pohang Steelworks after a number of blast furnaces were forced to close after a super typhoon hit South Korea’s southern coast earlier this week.
Operations have since resumed at the no.3, no.4 and no.2 blast furnaces, with POSCO stating that all of its blast furnaces have now returned to normal.
Yesterday, September 12th, the company revealed that its has restored the steel-making and continuous casting facilities to process the molten metal produced in a blast furnace at the steel-making line.
POSCO has finished about 80% of the draining work for the rolling line and has announced that from today it will run an emergency shipment response team to stabilise supply and demand of steel.
Rolling is the process by which heat and pressure is used to fabricate steel according to its usage.
In addition to selling its stocks to customers to meet their need for ‘critical materials’, POSCO will optimise production at its Gwangyang Steel Mill to respond to heightened customer demand.
As restoration work continues, POSCO is emphasising its focus on safety by designating managers by each work stage to reduce safety risks.
“The most important thing of the restoration works is safety,” commented Choi, Jeong Woo, CEO, POSCO Group, who revisited Pohang Steelworks yesterday.
“I’d like to express the deepest gratitude to the employees for their dedicated effort to protecting and saving the steelworks in the stream flooding and restoration works.”
Industrial gases play an essential role in the steel industry, with oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and hydrogen all used during the manufacturing process.