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Nucor: Storage dome collapse to delay production


CONVENT, La. (AP) - Nucor Corp. says the storage dome collapse in Convent will delay the start of production at Nucor Steel Louisiana.

The plant had planned to begin production within a few weeks, but it now looks as if that won't happen until the end of the year, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company said in a news release Thursday.

The plant will use natural gas to convert iron ore pellets into "direct reduced iron," also called "sponge iron," which is then used to make steel.

The collapsed dome was one of three set up to store iron ore pellets.

Authorities said nobody was hurt and the accident did not create any pollution.

Nucor says construction and hot commissioning of the plant are continuing while the accident is investigated and damage assessed.

Nucor broke ground for construction in March 2011. It's the first of five phases that Nucor may build to create a $3.4 billion integrated steel mill in Convent.

The company has already hired 140 people to work in the DRI plant and aimed to reach its planned 150-employee mark a year ahead of a 2015 goal, company officials have said.



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