First metal tapping of the Northern Plant

The Northern Plant achieved its first metal tapping on the 10th April 2013 at 8:35 pm. This tap came after the first slap tapping achieved at 12:55 pm the same day. The electrical furnace, pre-loaded with 230 tons of steel, has been gradually heated to approximately 1,000 degrees Celsius temperature for the constitution of the liquid bath. 1,000 tons of iron and ferronickel mixture were subsequently added to reach a total charge of about 1,200 tons for the production of this first metal tapping.