DRI Technology at Emirates Steel

Emirates Steel’s new record in DRI production proves the reliability of Energiron innovative Direct Reduction Technology

During the last twelve months, Emirates Steel DRP #2 has set new production and availability records of more than 2,000,000 tons of high quality DRI, operating for more than 8,400 hours (equal to 105% net availability) and for 315 days continuously without any stoppage, confirming the reliability of Energiron – the technology jointly developed by Tenova HYL and Danieli & C.

Emirates Steel is located in Abu Dhabi, where there are two twin Energiron DRI plants, originally designed for a nominal capacity of 1.6 Mtpy of hot and cold DRI at 94% metallization and 2.5% carbon. The first plant was started-up in 2009, while the second one in 2011.

Both plants followed a smooth learning curve that resulted in 90% availability in the first three years for Plant #1 and 95% availability in only two years for Plant #2. In 2014 both DRPs were upgraded from 1.6 to 2.0 Mtpy, reaching 100% stable production in only six months.

Since then Emirates Steel is steadily operating, the Energiron plants function at their increased nominal capacity (2.0 Mtpy), producing high-quality hot DRI conveyed to the adjacent EAFs through the Hytemp pneumatic transport system, thus optimizing the downstream steelmaking process. The Energiron Team congratulates Emirates Steel on this remarkable achievement.