Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Ilva steelworks to cut production by 30%


(ANSA) - Rome, October 12 - The troubled ILVA steelworks in
the southern port city of Taranto will have to reduce production
by around 30% according to details of the draft blueprint for a
much-needed environmental upgrade that emerged on Friday.
The new environmental authorisation - details of which are
being drawn up by a group of experts on the basis of recent
inspections at the plant - would lower the production level to 8
million tonnes from the 11.3 million tonnes allowed under the
old licence.
Other measures reportedly contained in the blueprint
include a ban on the use of petroleum coke, the start of
procedures to shut down 6 of the 10 coke plants, covering
conveyor belts and mineral deposits and renewing or carrying out
maintanenace work on two of the blast furnaces.
The steelworks are at the centre of a heated industrial
dispute after a local preliminary-investigations judge ordered
the partial closure of the plant due to long-running
enviornmental and health concerns in July.
Meanwhile on Friday one of three court-appointed custodians
of the company made a visit to the steelworks to verify the
state of progress in shutting down one of its blast furnaces in
keeping with the court order.
ILVA and the government have been trying to keep the plant
in operation while the necessary upgrades are made.

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