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:: Increased Capacity Nu-Iron Plant Produces First DRI Product

Midrex Technologies, Inc. and Nucor Corporation have announced that the newly relocated and expanded Nu-Iron direct reduction plant in Point Lisas, Trinidad has been commissioned.

Originally owned and operated by American Iron Reduction in Convent, LA, USA, the Nu-Iron plant started heat-up on December 5, 2006, and commenced producing cold DRI on December 30. The plant increased production from 80 metric tons per hour (tph) to 200 tph in six days. The Performance Guarantee Testing began on January 8, 2007, and was successfully completed on January 14.

Midrex Technologies, Inc. signed a contract with Nucor Corporation for the upgrading of the 1.2 million tonne per year American Iron Reduction (AIR) MIDREX® Direct Reduction Module in Convent, Louisiana in 2004. The plantís rated capacity was increased by 400,000 tons. Dismantling and refurbishment of the plant began in 2005.

The Nu-Iron Plant is a natural gas-based MIDREX MEGAMOD® using technology licensed by Kobe Steel, Ltd. to produce a product known as direct reduced iron (DRI). AIR began operations in 1998, but shut down in 1999 due to extremely high natural gas prices in North America. In September 2004, Nucor exercised its option to acquire the assets of the idled AIR plant and relocated the facility to Trinidad.




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