19-21 March 2018 • The Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District • Charleston, SC, USA

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Monday, 19 March 2018

4–6 p.m.


5–6 p.m.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

7 a.m. 

Registration and Breakfast 

8 a.m.

Overview of DRI Processes and Products
Joe Poveromo, RMI Global Consulting
Introduction to direct reduction of iron ores to produce direct reduced iron (DRI), a metallized iron ore. Review of global production and trade of ore based metallics such as DRI and pig iron

8:30 a.m. 

Pellets for Direct Reduction
Rénard Chaigneau, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Within DRI production, high-grade pellets are a key burden component. The lecture will cover how to manufacture such high-grade pellets, the key quality components to look for and its value through the processing in the DRI/EAF route.

9:30 a.m.

Direct Reduction Technology (Non-Gas and Shaft Based)
Yakov Gordon, Hatch
Natural gas- and coal-based direct reduction technologies are described and compared. Fundamentals of their operation and major differences are evaluated and discussed. Principles of selection of direct reduction technology for specific site conditions are presented.

10 a.m. 


10:15 a.m. 

MIDREX® DRI Technology and Project Overview
Brad Cantrell, Midrex Technologies Inc.​
For more than 40 years, the MIDREX® direct reduction process has been the most prominent and productive in the world. More than 60% of the annual DRI production is attributed to MIDREX® plants, the technology continues to grow and expand to meet the evolving needs of steelmakers. This presentation will over the MIDREX® process, production routes, technology advancements and reference global reference plants.

10:45 a.m. 

ENERGIRON HYL Technology and Project Overview
Teresa Guerra, Tenova HYL/ENERGIRON, and Dario Pauluzzi, Danieli/ENERGIRON
The presentation will be divided in two parts, one talking about the ENERGIRON III technology and the second part covering the description of the ENERGIRON ZR scheme.

11:15 a.m.

Environmental Issues and Water Treatment
Jim Hatcher, ChemTreat Inc.



1:15 p.m.

DRI and HBI: Bulk Material Handling and Shipping
Nigel Noel, Nu-Iron Unlimited

2:15 p.m.

DRI: Safe In-Plant Handling and Storage
Sergio Guzman, Tenova Inc.​

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Use of DRI in EAF Steelmaking
Jeremy Jones, CIX LLC
This session will cover the theory and practice of DRI/HBI utilization in the EAF. The session will look at typical operational considerations as well as limitations. The session will also touch on the subject of value-in-use and how to develop an optimal metallic strategy using DRI/HBI.

4:30 p.m.

DRI Pellets as a Scrap Substitute in BOF/BF
Janice Bolen, Hatch​

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

7 a.m.


8 a.m.

ArcelorMittal Production and Use of DRI
Elaine Chen, ArcelorMittal Global R & D – East Chicago
ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest producer of steel and one of the world’s biggest producers/consumers of DRI. In this presentation, an overview on DRI production within ArcelorMittal and its use will be introduced. The recently developed technologies and these related laboratory tests will be discussed, such as oxygen injection, in-situ reforming and natural gas injecting to the furnace, etc.

9 a.m.

Nucor DRI Use in EAF
Eugene Pretorius, Nucor Corp.​

10 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Dust Recovery and Reuse
Erick Bubniak, Diproinduca​

11 a.m.

Introduction to Host Facility
Ross Straubinger, Nucor Steel–Berkeley


Lunch and Depart for Plant Tour of Nucor Steel–Berkeley