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Steel factory to resume operations after fire damage repairs

Bahrain News
Thu, 24 May 2018
GDN Online Desk

A STEEL factory that caught fire on Tuesday is set to resume operations as soon as damages are repaired.

It took 74 firemen three hours to extinguish the blaze at United Stainless Steel Company (USCO), as thick smoke rose into the sky above the burning facility in Salman Industrial City in Hidd.

Other factories that were evacuated as a precaution in the area have since resumed work.

“USCO is pleased to report that the company’s stringent health and safety procedures combined with effective action from authorities mitigated any injuries or fatalities on site as a result of the incident,” it said in a statement last night.

“All employees were immediately evacuated from the premises when the fire broke out at 5.15am with Civil Defence fire fighters arriving directly on the scene at 5.30am.

“All relevant utilities were quickly shut down to avoid additional damage onsite or to surrounding areas, limiting the effects of the fire only to the plant and its machinery.

“As a precaution, operations at neighbouring Bahrain Steel and SULB were also temporarily shut down and all employees evacuated.”

The blaze happened after the facility, which is managed by Chromiumsteel, resumed operations last August following a lengthy shutdown of around six years due to market conditions.

USCO chairman Shaikh Khaled Salem Al Sabah said they were working closely with authorities to further investigate the incident as well as take steps to support the resumption of operations as soon as possible.

“Our partnership with Chromiumsteel over the past year has seen a significant ramp up in production and sales of our high-quality products to customers across Europe, the US and South East Asia,” added the statement.

Chromiumsteel chief executive officer Francesco Ruffo di Calabria said they were committed to doing all they can to ensure minimal disruption to operations and to customers around the world.

“We will continue to meet all outstanding deliveries as planned and have already assembled representatives from Danieli, the leading global supplier of equipment for the metal industry, onsite to evaluate the situation and initiate a maintenance and recovery plan that we can swiftly implement,” he said.

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