Steel producer Ozmert Algeria, a Turkish company based in Algeria, has announced that it has made ‘significant progress’ in its new investment; a DRI and ore pelletizing plant.

Investments in the plant were made via the company’s subsidiary, Sarl Tunch.

According to a recent report from Steel Orbis, 80% of the construction and assembly processes of the coal-based DRI and ore pelletizing plant have been completed. The plant, located in Tebesa, will have an annual production capacity of 500Mt in the first phase. The company plans to commission the plant and start test production in November this year.

At the end of the last year, the Algerian Ministry of Mines had allocated a coal mine in Bechar to Sarl Tunch in order to meet the coal needs of the given DRI plant. Stating that they had been producing and stocking the coal required for the DRI plant for about four months, the company added that it aims to extract an annual 150Mt of coal from the mine.

Source: Steel Orbis