The HBI plant is currently in the final construction phase and, once built, will be the largest and most modern of its kind in the world. The plant run-up phase is scheduled for the coming summer months. Final assembly of the electrical, electronic, piping, and conveying systems is currently underway.
The sea port at the plant has already been completed, with an initial 100,000 tonnes of iron ore pellets from Brazil being offloaded from the first freighter at the end of April. The plant’s advantageous location on the Gulf of Mexico is also important in this new business relationship: the new Big River Steel mill is located directly on the Mississippi.
This excellent waterway connection ensures that delivery of the HBI is highly efficient and cost-effective, and eliminates the need for any reloading en route.