Upgrade of BHP New Zealand steel melter

BHP Steel announced will rebuild the second of its two melters at its steelworks in Glenbrook, New Zealand, during early 2002. The NZD 27 million upgrade will ensure the operational security of iron and steel making at BHP New Zealand Steel for the foreseeable future. The melter – one of two at Glenbrook – is a rectangular electric furnaces that performs a molten separation process to produce slag and liquid hot metal for steel-making. The work program for the rebuild, which will maximise the involvement of local contractors, will necessitate a 10-week outage of No. 2 Melter and involve about 60,000 man-hours of work.

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