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12/19/2003



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Ohio coke plant to be a future NS customer



On Dec. 17, Sun Coke Co. broke ground on a coke plant in Haverhill, Ohio, that will be served by Norfolk Southern Railway, according to the railroad’s January newsletter released Dec. 18.

Sun Coke is constructing the plant — which is expected to open in 18 to 24 months — to serve International Steel Group. The facility is designed to receive coal, which is used to produce coke. Steelmakers place coke in fire furnaces to manufacture steel.

NS expects to deliver about 800,000 tons of inbound coal to the plant annually — enough to produce 550,000 tons of outbound coke, which the railroad would move to Cleveland, East Chicago, Ind., and Sparrows Point, Md.

"We expect to see volumes grow as the demand for coke continues to rise," said Tony Wade, NS director of domestic metallurgical coal.


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