EghtesadOnline: Sefid-Dasht Steel Complex produced 291,269 tons of direct-reduced iron during the eight months since the beginning of the current fiscal year (Oct. 23-Nov. 21), indicating a 250% upsurge year-on-year, the deputy head of the company, Jamshid Alibabaei, said.
SDSCO is currently operating with a production capacity of 800,000 tons of DRI per year and its first batch of the material was produced back in late 2016. Located in the southwestern Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province, SDSCO is one of the seven steel projects initiated by the 10th administration in the provinces of Fars, Khuzestan, Yazd, Kerman, East Azarbaijan, South Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi. Direct-reduced iron, also called sponge iron, is produced from the direct reduction of iron ore to iron by a reducing gas or elementary carbon produced from natural gas or coal. Iran is the biggest producer of sponge iron in the world, Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization reported.