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Amreli Steel cuts steel output on power woes-2018 China(Guangzhou)Int’l Metal &Metallurgy Exhibition-metal exhibition
4/24/2018  金属展-冶金展-钢铁展-steel expo-metal &metallurgy expo
    The News reported that Amreli Steels, the country’s leading manufacturer of reinforcement bars, sheared its production capacity by 40% owing to power outages. The steelmaker said in notice to Pakistan Stock Exchange that “Due to severe load shedding by K-Electric of approximately eight hours, the re-rolling plant of the company which is situated at SITE Karachi is forced to reduce its production of rebars by 40 percent of its capacity. The management expects overall drop in production to continue until the load shedding does not end.”

K-Electric’s generation capacity has acutely been compromised due to non-availability of natural gas and the utility has no other option but to cut back power across its consumer base.

Currently, Amreli Steels has an annual steel rebar manufacturing capacity of 180,000 tonnes.

Sharukh Saleem, an investment analyst at First Capital Securities said the halt in production would impact the earnings of the company.

Previously, the steelmaker unveiled a plan to increase its steel melting capacity given a loud steel demand in the country. The World Steel Association projected steel demand in Pakistan at more than 12 million tonnes by 2019 from 7.1 million tonnes in 2015.

Mr Saleem added that “Much would now depend on the K-Electric as the company will be on the target if the utility restores electricity supplies normally.”

The company’s board, earlier this year, approved the second phase of expansion to increase its annual production capacity of reinforcement bars to 750,000 tonnes within the next two years. The total cost of the expansion is estimated at two billion rupees. The company will expand its plant located in Sindh Industrial Trading Estate by 95,000 tonnes per annum, taking its annual capacity to 275,000 tonnes per annum.

The company decided to embark on the phase-II of capacity expansion in view of the growing construction activity around the country that is believed to sustain high levels of growth over the next decade.

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