breaks ground for new DRI Louisiana facility
Nucor Corporation has broken ground on its
direct reduced iron (DRI) making facility that will be located
in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
The company also indicated that Lester Hart has been named the
general manager of the St. James Parish facility.
The company received its air permit from the Louisiana Department
of Environmental Quality in January after meeting all of the
requisite standards ensuring its facility will comply with state
and federal environmental controls. Issuance of the air permit
allowed the company to begin the process of ordering equipment,
and the company will now commence construction.
Initially, Nucor will build one DRI plant, but has been permitted
for the construction and operation of 2 plants with a combined
annual DRI production of 5,500,000 tons.
Direct reduction technology converts natural gas and iron ore
pellets into high quality direct reduced iron used by Nucor’s
steel mills, 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
The project will create a substantial number of quality jobs.
The project’s first phase will create 150 permanent Nucor jobs
that earn an average annual salary of $75,000, plus benefits;
approximately twice the median household income for that part
of Louisiana. During peak construction, 500 jobs will be directly
created. If the additional phases of the project are constructed,
over time Nucor could have a total investment of over $3 billion
and increase permanent employment to more than 1,000. To date
the company has invested over $50 million to acquire approximately
4,000 acres of property on the Mississippi River for the facility.