Austrias Voestalpine Group has signed a supply agreement
with Siemens Industry Inc. and Midrex Technologies Inc. to
build a 2-million-tonne-per-year hot-briquetted iron (HBI)
facility for the steelmaker in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Pending receipt of
final official permits, the companies will provide engineering,
mechanical and electrical equipment, along with consulting
services related to the plant, the Austrian firm said July
"With Siemens and
Midrex, we will have highly competent partners with a tried and
tested technology at our side," Wolfgang Eder, chief executive
officer and chairman of the management board of Voestalpine AG,
said in a statement. "By choosing a U.S. partner company, we
are also making a significant contribution to the desired local
The new facility will
be located on about 500 acres on Corpus Christi Bay and have
direct deep-sea access to the Gulf of Mexico.
announced that it was constructing a 550-million
($711.7-million) alternative iron plant in March, targeting an
operational date by 2016 (
amm.com, March 13).
When completed, the
plant will be able to produce 2 million tonnes of HBI annually
rather than a combined output of 2 million tonnes of both HBI
and direct-reduced iron (DRI), as originally announced, a
spokesman told AMM in an e-mail July 5.
Austria-based company said in May it had signed a memorandum of
understanding with Altos Hornos de México SAB de CV
(Ahmsa) to sell Mexicos largest integrated steelmaker
several hundred thousand tonnes of HBI annually (
amm.com, May 29).
Voestalpine said at
the time that half of the alternate iron plants output
would be shipped to the parent companys steel mills in
Linz and Donawitz, Austria, while the remainder would be sold
to partners interested in a long-term supply arrangement.
underway with numerous other interested parties, and some
negotiations have already entered an advanced stage," the