Shortage of graphite electrodes ‘threatens to strangle EU steel production’, Eurofer warns

The global shortage of carbon graphite electrodes is threatening to “strangle EU steel production”, the European steel association, Eurofer, said on Monday September 18.

As well as being essential for for electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking, the graphite rods are indispensable in the ladle furnace (LF) metallurgy stages of both the EAF and blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) production routes.
“Graphite electrodes are made from high-quality needle coke. Needle coke is a premium-grade, high-value petroleum coke, which has been seeing shortages and sharply higher prices in recent months,” Axel Eggert, director general of Eurofer, said.

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Maria Tanatar

September 18, 2017

13:04 GMT

London