Nucor: Storage dome collapse to delay production

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

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

The company, based in Charlotte, N.C., had planned to begin production in Louisiana within a few weeks. But a news release Thursday says it looks as if production won't begin until the end of the year.  

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.  
 

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