RHI: plant start-up delayed

A technical defect has caused melting operations to shut during start-up of RHI’s new Norwegian fusion plant. Re-commissioning of the melting operation will start again this month.

Leading refractories company RHI AG, has announced that a technical defect caused melting operations to shut during start-up of its new Norwegian fusion plant.
The defect occurred while material was being fed in, which caused a crucible to spill over and consequently required the entire melting operations to be shut down.
According to RHI, as it is taking longer than expected to repair the damage, start-up costs will be higher.
The re-commissioning of the melting operation will start again this month.
Full-load operation, with production of 80,000 tonnes per year of seawater-based fused magnesia, is expected for March. This will effectively make RHI self-sufficient in fused magnesia outside of China.