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Nucor Takes Planned Outage at Trinidad DRI Plant

Written by Michael Cowden

Nucor Corp. has taken a planned outage at is direct-reduced iron (DRI) plant in Trinidad.

“As it’s planned, we do not anticipate any impact on production,” a spokeswoman for the Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker said.


Nucor did not specify when the Trinidad outage started or how long it might last. The issue will probably be discussed in further detail on Nucor’s third-quarter earnings conference call on Thursday, Sept. 21, the spokeswoman said.

The work on the Trinidad facility comes after Nucor restarted its DRI plant in Convent, La., she said.

The Louisiana DRI plant was taken down pre-emptively in August ahead of Hurricane Ida and then remained down into September because of a barge shortage stemming from the storm.

DRI can be used as an alternative to prime scrap.

Nucor’s DRI plants in Convent – roughly 60 miles from New Orleans – typically feeds Nucor’s inland mills, while the Trinidad plant typically supplies those located closer to coastal areas.

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