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Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM.
Nucor Corporation has broken ground on a new direct reduced iron (DRI) making facility in St. James Parish, La., between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The company received its air permit from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in January, enabling it to move forward with construction.
The company initially will build one DRI plant, expected to create 150 permanent jobs, but it has been permitted for the construction and operation of two plants with a combined annual DRI production of 5.5 million tons.
Direct reduction technology converts natural gas and iron ore pellets into high quality direct reduced iron used along with recycled scrap to produce numerous high quality steel products such as sheet, plate and special bar quality steel. The DRI facility is the first phase of a multi-phase plan that may include a coke plant, blast furnace, pellet plant and steel mill.
To read the Nucor press release about the new DRI facility, click here.