According to US Midrex Technologies Inc - announced 2009 world DRI production by process, MIDREX controlled the top position with 38.62 million tons (Mt), which accounted for 60% of the total, followed by Rotary Kiln (coal-based) with 17.33 Mt (26.9%), and HYL 7.99 Mt (12.4%). |
Difficult economic conditions caused a large share of the world's DR capacity to be shuttered. Of the 58 MIDREX(R) Modules installed at the beginning of 2009, 54 remained in operation but four were idled; two in Nigeria, one in Canada and one in Trinidad and Tobago. Of the 26 installed HYL/Energiron Modules, 16 remained in operation while 10 were idled; three in Iran, two in Indonesia, two in Mexico, two in Venezuela and one in India.