Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has advised that basic oxygen furnaces have been successfully re-commissioned after the fire at its Vanderbijlpark operations.

The fire caused severe damage to three basic oxygen furnaces (BOFs) in the steel making facility. Repairs to the steel making facility have been completed and the three BOFs have been re-commissioned and are now fully operational.

Meanwhile, an assessment into the root cause of the fire has been completed and results reveal that the operation was affected by an unforeseen malfunction of the sensor and computer software.

ArcelorMittal South Africa said that it will disclose the overall cost implication of the fire accident once all assessments are finalised.

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