The Algerian-Qatari Steel Company announced that, after the successful completion of the initial and final stages of experiments, the Direct Reduction Unit has entered the stage of exploitation. The direct reduction unit is the beating heart of the compound with a production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes annually of both cold and hot reduced iron. This unit supports the rest of the factory units that have been received one by one since the ship entered the actual production stage in October 2017.
This highly developed American technology MIDRX allows the production of high-quality reduced iron with a purity of more than 94%. It also allows reducing the production cost through energy saving and preserving the environment. The production capacity of this unit is estimated at 7500 tonnes per day, with an average operating rate of 8,000 hours per year.
The direct reduction unit is a very important addition to the various other ten industrial units located in the Ballara iron and steel complex, similar to the three rolling units, two electric furnaces units, lime production unit, industrial gas production unit, raw materials receiving unit, water treatment unit and electric power transmission station. .