Flooding at the end of last week has forced the integrated mill of El Hadjar, formerly ArcelorMittal Annaba, to stop all production for a period of around two weeks, Kallanish learns from sources.
At present authorities are working to relaunch activities at the site as soon as possible, but a stoppage of 15 days has been confirmed in a press release.
The production problem adds up to the already difficult situation of the steel sector in Algeria. According to the most recent data published by the local statistics authority in Algeria, production and processing of steel fell over -40% year-on-year during the first nine months of 2018.
Algeria does not report its crude steel production figures to worldsteel. Nevertheless, according to recent announcements by the local government, the country has an installed capacity of 5 million tonnes/year of crude steel, which is set to increase to above 10m t/y in the next 4-5 years.