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Iron Ore Facility Status - May 5, 2020
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Mine Owner(s) Closest City Normal Dock Used Approximate Employees Capacity (million tons per year) Status


 U.S. Iron Ore Mines - (Click here for link to interactive mine map)

 Empire Cleveland Cliffs 100% Palmer, MI Escanaba, MI  -0- (5.5) Idled 2016
 Tilden Cleveland Cliffs 100% National Mine, MI Marquette, MI 850 8.0 Covid 19 idle until July 2020
 Northshore Cleveland Cliffs 100% Babbitt, MN Silver Bay,MN 570 6.0 Covid 19 idle until Aug 2020
 United Taconite Cleveland Cliffs 100% Eveleth, MN Duluth,MN 515 5.4 Active
 Hibbing Taconite ArcelorMittal 62.3% Cleveland Cliffs  23.0%      US Steel    14.7% Hibbing, MN Superior, WI 735 8.0 Covid 19 idle by May 3rd, 2020, to reopen July 6th, 2020.
 Minorca ArcelorMittal 100% Virginia, MN Duluth/Two Harbors 353 2.9 Active
 Keetac US Steel 100% Keewatin, MN Superior, MI 480 6.0 Covid 19 layoffs. To idle by end of May
 Minntac US Steel 100% (In April 2020, US Steel offered Stelco an option to purchase 25% ownership.  Option raised $100 million, full purchase would cost $600 million by 2027.) Mt. Iron, MN Duluth/Two Harbors 1400 16.3 Active
      Totals (without Empire): 4903 52.6  (53% of capacity idle) Mines may still ship from stockpiles.


 Canadian Iron Ore Mines- (Click here for link to interactive mine map)

On March 24, 2020 the Province of Quebec ordered mines to ramp down production due to Covid 19.  On April 15 mining was allowed to resume, provided preventive measures were taken to protect employees.

 Carol Lake (5 pits) Iron Ore Company of Canada (Rio Tinto 57.8%    Mitsubishi 28.2%     Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Corp 15.1%) Labrador City, NL Sept. Iles, QC 2617 17.9 Active
 Mt. Wright and Fire Lake ArcelorMittal  85%     POSCO     15% Fermont,QC Port Cartier, QC 1800 16 mt concentrate and 10 mt pellets Covid 19 ramp down. May be restarting.
 Scully Tacora Resources 100% Wabush, NL Pointe Noire, QC 260 6 mt concentrate Active
 Bloom Lake Quebec Iron Ore    (Champion Iron Ltd) Fermont, QC Pointe Noire, QC 450 7 mt concentrate Covid 19 ramp down. May be restarting.
 Mary River Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. 100% Baffinland Island Milne Inlet, NU       (Most sent to Europe) 1200 6 mt raw ore Covid 19 layoffs of local employees
      Totals: 6327 62.9 (62% of capacity idled or slowed) Mines may still ship from stockpiles.
             
 Lac Tio Ilmenite Mine

(Ships ilmenite, an ore that produces titanium and iron.  All production goes to Sorel, QC)

Rio Tinto 100% Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC Havre-Saint-Pierre,QC 250 2.1 mt ilmenite Covid 19 ramp down. May be restarting.
 
Mill Owner(s) Closest City Normal Dock Used Approximate Employees Capacity (million tons per year) Blast Furnaces (BF)/Basic Oxygen Furnaces (BOF) Status

 

 U.S. Integrated Steel Mills - (Click here for link to interactive mill map)

 Ashland Works AK Steel Ashland, KY (was Toledo-Torco) -0- 2.5 1 BF (Amanda),        ? BOF BF idled 12/15/15.  Mill closed late 2019
 Middletown Works AK Steel Middletown, OH Toledo-Torco 1500 3.9 1 BF (#3), ? BOF Active
 Dearborn Works AK Steel Dearborn, MI dock at mill 1400 4.5 1 BF (C), ? BOF BF C Covid 19 idle, hot strip mill, annealing and tempering operations to permanently close starting July 5 per WARN notice.
 Burns Harbor ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, IN dock at mill 3438 5.0 2 BF (C&D), 3 BOF D active, C starting a 2 week maintenance period about April 17. Will reassess demand after two weeks.
 Cleveland ArcelorMittal Cleveland, OH Whiskey Island plus dock at mill 1887 3.8 2 BF (5&6), 2 BOF #5 active, #6 idle due to Covid 19
 Indiana Harbor ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, IN dock at mill 4000 6.4 3 BF (3,4&7), 4 BOF #3 idled fall 2019, #4 idled until May 11 due to Covid 19, #7 active
 Mon Valley Works US Steel Braddock, PA Conneaut, OH 3000 2.9 2 BF (1&3), 2 BOF Active.  #1 to be idled due to Covid 19 immediately. Confirmed by US Steel. #3 active.
 Fairfield Works US Steel Fairfield, AL   750   1 electric arc furnace under construction     BF decommissioned 2015 and demolished 2017, mill active
 Gary Works US Steel Gary, IN dock at mill 5000 7.5     4 BF (4,6,8,14),    6 BOF #4 idled for maintenance, #8 idled due to Covid 19  #6 to be idled due to Covid 19 immediately. Confirmed by US Steel. #14 active.
 Granite City Works US Steel Granite City, IL served by rail 1500 2.8 2 BF (A&B), 2 BOF A idled due to Covid 19, B to operate at reduced capacity
 Great Lakes Works US Steel River Rouge, MI dock at mill 1545 3.8      3 BF (A,B&D),    2 BOF Furnaces idled early 2020, mill still active
 

 Canadian Integrated Mills- (Click here for link to interactive mill map)

 Dofasco ArcelorMittal Hamilton, ON dock at mill 5000 4.5 3 BF (2,3&4), 1 BOF #3 idled due to Covid 19
 Hamilton Works Stelco Hamilton, ON  - 750  -   Furnaces idled 2015, mill still active
 Lake Erie Works Stelco Nanticoke, ON dock at mill 1400 2.9 1 BF (#1), 1 BOF BF down for relining
 Algoma Algoma Steel Sault St. Marie, ON dock at mill 2900 3.5 2 BF (6&7), 2 BOF      #6 idled 2008,         #7 active
               
 

 Other Mills and Plants- (Click here for link to interactive mill map)

 Ironville Cleveland Cliffs Toledo, OH dock at mill 130 2.0 Hot Briquitted Iron (HBI) plant.  HBI is used as a feedstock in Electric Arc Furnaces (EAF) Construction delayed due to Covid 19
 Riverdale ArcelorMittal Riverdale, IL receives molten iron via rail from Indiana Harbor 318 1.0 2 BOF only Active
 Contrecoeur ArcelorMittal Contrecoeur, QC dock at mill 800 2.0 2 Direct Reduction furnaces feed 2 EAF Active
 Lake Erie Works Stelco Nanticoke, ON dock at mill ? 1.0 Pig iron caster under construction to provide feedstock for EAF and foundries Construction delayed due to Covid 19?
 Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium

(Titanium dioxide is the primary product, with iron and steel major byproducts. Roughly 80% of material processed comes from the mine at Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC with 20% from mines in Madagascar.)

Rio Tinto Sorel, QC dock at mill 1400 0.6 iron plus 0.8 titanium dioxide 9 furnaces Active
               

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Compiled by the BoatNerd.com staff.

Last Update: May 5, 2020 6:00 p.m

A sincere thanks to: Brian Bernard for creating the linked maps, garbear, STish, and several anonymous guests from the Boatnerd bulletin boards.

 
 
 
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