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U. S. Steel Celebrates Start of DR Pellet Production

5/23/2024 - United States Steel Corporation on Thursday cut the ribbon on a US$150 million upgrade to its Keetac iron ore mine and pelletizing operation in Minnesota.

The upgrade allows the facility to make low-silica pellets for use in the direct reduction process, giving it the optionality to produce those or blast furnace iron ore pellets.

“This project was completed ahead of time, under budget, and most importantly, safely. Plus, it created 250 construction jobs and 33 full-time union and management jobs,” said U. S. Steel president and chief executive officer David Burritt. “This is an incredible achievement for our team at Keetac and for U. S. Steel, as we continue to produce the highest quality products: mined, melted, and made right here in the USA.”

The facility has shipped its first batches of direct reduction grade pellets and is on track to deliver approximately 4 million tons annually.

“U. S. Steel’s new pellet facility is a smart investment in the people and potential of the Iron Range,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. “This project is a win-win. We’re creating jobs, lowering emissions, and ensuring Minnesota’s iron ore industry remains strong for generations.”