CAP Acero steel plant
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The map below shows the location of the steel plant in Talcahuano, Chile.
The CAP Acero steel plant, known in Spanish as Siderúrgica Huachipato, is Chile's only integrated steel mill. It is owned and operated by Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato S.A., the steelmaking division of Grupo CAP (Compañía de Acero del Pacífico, or Pacific Steel Company), a leader in Chile's iron mining and steel making industries.
CAP was founded in 1946 as a joint venture between the Chilean government agency CORFO (33%), the Caja Autónoma de Amortización de la Deuda Pública (14%), and private shareholders (53%). The company, renamed Grupo de Empresas CAP in 1981, was entirely privatized in 1987. Construction of the steel plant began in early 1947, and it was officially inaugurated on November 25, 1950.
Since 1950 CAP has maintained its position as Chile's leading steel producer and processor, while steadily modernizing and upgrading its infrastructure.  The plant's blast furnace/basic oxygen furnace system is fed with iron ore from CAP's own mines. The plant's continuous casting facilities and rolling mill transform the resulting steel into slabs, billets, and a variety of products destined for national and international markets, including cold- and hot-rolled steel, grinding bars, rebar, and wire rod for use in construction, mining and other industries.
In 2013, the plant's blast furnace No. 2 was idled as part of a company-wide cost-cutting plan, but the furnace was reportedly brought back online in April 2019.
- Private/State ownership: private
- Parent company: CAP S.A.
- Owner: Compañía Siderúrgica Huachipato S.A.
- Alternative plant names: Huachipato steel plant
- Other language plant name: Planta siderúrgica Huachipato (Spanish)
- Location: Av. Gran Bretaña 2910, Talcahuano, Chile
- GPS Coordinates: -36.746421, -73.129171 (exact)
- Plant status: operating
- Start year: 1950 (age 70–71)
- Production capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):
- Production (thousand tonnes per annum):
- Steel product category: long, specialty
- Steel products: grinding bars, wire rod, concrete reinforcing bars, cold-rolled, hot-rolled, and specialty steel products
- Steel sector end users: metalworking, automotive, mining, building
- Steelmaking process: integrated
- Primary steel production equipment: 2 blast furnaces (BF) (1950 & 1966); 2 basic oxygen furnaces (BOF) (1975); coking plant (1990)
- Iron ore source: El Romeral iron mine, other iron mines owned by CAP Minería
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