Nucor weighs options for DRI facility

Sep 11, 2013 | 05:35 PM | Daniel Fitzgerald

Tags  Nucor, John Ferriola, St. James Parish, steelmaking, direct-reduced iron, DRI, pig iron, hot-briquetted iron AMM DRI & Mini-mills Conference

NEW ORLEANS — Nucor Corp. has reaffirmed the possibility of building a steel mill or blast furnace at the site of its direct-reduced iron (DRI) facility in St. James Parish, La.

The 4,000-acre site gives the company scope to add steelmaking capacity or revisit its original plan for a blast furnace operation, Nucor chief executive officer John Ferriola told delegates at AMM’s DRI & Mini-mills Conference in New Orleans.

"Given the large size of it, there’s other things we might do. We’re still considering putting in a blast furnace and coke ovens there," Ferriola said. "Frankly, we might put a steel mill in Louisiana. We have 4,000 acres to work with, (so) there’s a lot we can do. It’s a fantastic location."....

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