The installation of the roof on the reduction tower at the new HBI plant in Texas is now complete. The tower is the heart of the plant and is 137 m (450 feet) high.
The installation of the tower’s roof in mid-January 2016 marked the completion of the new HBI plant’s 137 m (450 feet) reduction tower near Corpus Christi, Texas. The tower is not only impressive due to its height; it is also the heart of the plant. When the plant is finished, the tower is where the reduction process will take place. Natural gas will be used to reduce the iron-ore pellets and press them into hot briquetted iron (HBI). HBI is a high-quality, eco-friendly prematerial that can be directly used in the blast furnaces or in electric furnaces. In the future, 60% of the HBI produced in Texas will be sold to external customers and 40% will be delivered to the voestalpine sites in Linz and Donawitz in Austria.
What are the next steps?
Now that construction of the tower’s steel structure is complete, work will continue on its “inner workings.” Then a two-stage commissioning phase will begin. When it is finished, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the world.
The plant’s own port—including two unloading cranes and one ship loader—is completely finished. In the coming months, this efficient loading pier is expecting a 120,000 metric ton cargo ship carrying the first pellet delivery. Three million tons of iron pellets will be delivered to Texas each year.
Recent drone video (January 2016):
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