Tenova: Bolivian Steel Innovation Embarks

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Tenova HYL inspected the newly installed ENERGIRON® Zero-Reformer at Bolivia's first Direct Reduction plant. Despite delays, this marks a major advancement for Empresa Siderúrgica del Mutún, with the plant set to produce high-quality iron and steel products using sustainable technology.


Bolivia is on the brink of a significant industrial leap with the upcoming completion of its first Direct Reduction (DR) plant. The installation of the ENERGIRON® Zero-Reformer, a vital component of this facility, has recently been inspected by Tenova HYL, signaling a move towards the finishing stages of this ambitious project.

Back in 2017, Sinosteel Equipment and Engineering of China appointed Tenova HYL for the technological provision of a DR Micro-Module for Empresa Siderúrgica del Mutún (ESM) in Puerto Suárez. Despite the inevitable hurdles and the project's complexity, Tenova's team has successfully erected the ENERGIRON® reactor, showcasing their determination and technical prowess.

This DR plant, featuring the ENERGIRON® technology co-developed by Tenova and Danieli, is expected to make waves in the steel industry. The plant will have an annual Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) production capacity of 250,000 metric tons, a concentration plant capable of handling 650,000 metric tons per year, and a pelletizing facility with a 400,000 metric tons per year output for Mina El Mutún.

Adding to its impressive capabilities, the plant will also house a steel production segment with a continuous caster and rolling mill, aiming for a production output of 190,000 metric tons of long steel products annually. The integration of these facilities represents a significant step toward modernizing Bolivia's industrial sector.

The ENERGIRON® Zero-Reformer (ZR) Process employed here stands out for its efficiency and eco-friendly approach to steelmaking. It promises to supply the melt shop with Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) that achieves metallization levels of 94% with a customizable carbon content. This adaptability ensures that the produced steel will meet various industry requirements while maintaining high quality.

Christian Cano, Project Manager at Tenova HYL, praised the team's adaptability and resilience through the project's disruptions. He emphasized the pride in contributing to a venture that not only propels Bolivia into the green steel industry but also contributes substantially to the nation's infrastructure development.


The inspection of the ENERGIRON® Zero-Reformer at Bolivia's inaugural Direct Reduction plant by Tenova HYL marks a crucial step towards completing a project that promises to transform the Bolivian steel industry. Through innovative and sustainable technology, the plant is set to produce premium steel products, paving the way for Bolivia to become a key player in the global steel market.

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