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SSI UK, in Redcar, says production levels remain after small blaze
A NORTH-EAST iron and steelmaker says operations are continuing as normal, despite a small fire at one of its plants.
SSI UK, which relit the Redcar blast furnace in April 2012, confirmed a fire broke out at its Redcar coke ovens about 10.45am today ( Monday, September 2).
However, a spokesman said it was extinguished immediately, with no injuries to workers or any loss of production.
The incident came as the Thai-owned company continues to ramp up production on its Teesside sites.
Bosses revealed a number of new production records in August, which they hope will help it return to profit in the coming months.
Its BOS plant and Continuous Casting (CCP) plants broke their output records for two successive weeks, with BOS producing 64,896 of steel, compared to 64,152 tonnes, and CCP making 63,572 tonnes of steel slabs compared to 63,224 tonnes the previous week.
The milestones come after the introduction of SSI's £38m pulverised coal injection plant, which the company says will help increase output and reduce costs.
The firm expects the facility, which fires powdered coal into the blast furnace, will lift production to about 3.4million tonnes of iron each year, securing 1,800 Teesside jobs and saving an annual £60m in imported raw materials from the US and Australia.
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