News ID: 302375
Published: 0249 GMT April 21, 2021

Iran’s 12-month iron pellet production tops 46m tons: IMIDRO

Iran’s 12-month iron pellet production tops 46m tons: IMIDRO

Iran produced over 46 million tons of iron pellets during the year to March 20, which marks a 10 percent increase compared to the figure for the same period last year, which was 41.7 million tons.

According to a report by Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO), Gol-e Gohar Complex produced 12.2 million tons of iron pellets during the period, while Mobarakeh Steel Complex produced 7.3 million tons, IRNA reported.

The output of the Middle East Mines Industries Development Holding Company (MIDHCO) amounted to 6.2 million tons as the Khuzestan Steel Complex produced 2.18 million tons of iron pellet in the year to March 20.

The IMIDRO report added that the output of Opal Parsian Sangan Industrial and Mineral (OPSIM) stood at 3.4 million tons of iron pellet.

The Sangan Steel of Khorasan production hit 3.3 million tons, while Khorasan Steel Complex produced 1.6 million tons of iron ore pellets.

The IMIDRO report said that the Sanabad Iron Ore Complex, the Iran Central Iron Ore Company and the Saba Nour Iron Ore Plant produced 1.2 million tons, 748,000 tons and 500,000 tons during the 12 months, respectively.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the countrys largest iron ore pellet plant in the central city of Bafq on March 9, as his government moves ahead with plans to expand Irans largely untapped mining and metals sector.

Rouhani opened the Sechahun pelletizing plant, located in the central province of Yazd on the border with Kerman Province, using a videoconference call.

Today, the very significant pelletizing project which is a very modern project and in fact one of most modern pelletizing plants in the country has been inaugurated with an investment value of 90 trillion rials ($360 million),” said Rouhani during the inauguration ceremony.

A report by IRNA said the plant, constructed in five years by a consortium of Iranian, Chinese and Japanese companies, has cost 1.8 billion yuans (nearly $285 million).

With five million tons of annual output for iron ore pellets, Sechahun is now Irans largest pelletizing complex. Its nominal capacity is 17,000 tons per day and it will feed on iron ore extracted from a major nearby mine and other reserves.

Some 790 workers and technicians will be permanently employed in the plant which has been described by local officials in Yazd as the largest economic project launched in the province in recent years.

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