ArcelorMittal Brazil announced that it will resume operations at the melt shop at the Barra Mansa unit in the second half of 2021, which will require investments in the order of BRL 19 million for the maintenance and renovation of equipment needed to start production.
The process of resuming production will take place gradually. Initially, one of the two furnaces that make up the melt shop will be rewired. The equipment will undergo maintenance and renovation before the start of operations.
The return to steelmaking activities, paralyzed since 2019, is driven by the increase in market demand for steel and the prospects for economic growth in the country.
The focus of investments in Barra Mansa is mainly to meet the growing demand from the domestic market. The contributions will be destined to projects of operational and technological security of the equipment. Resources will also be allocated to re-establish the entire capture and filtering system of the melt shop and ensure better environmental adequacy.
ArcelorMittal has industrial units in six states (ES, MG, MS, RJ, SC and SP), in addition to representation and sales offices distributed throughout Brasil, comprising a workforce of around 17 thousand employees.
The plants have an annual production capacity of 12.5 million tonnes of crude steel and 7.1 million tonnes of iron ore.