Nucor's (NUE) Louisiana plant shows how the abundance of natural gas has made some manufacturing...

|About: Nucor Corporation (NUE)|By:, SA News Editor

Nucor's (NUE) Louisiana plant shows how the abundance of natural gas has made some manufacturing processes, recently seen as uneconomical, feasible. When complete, the plant will process 2.5M tons/year of direct-reduced iron pellets; at current gas prices, DRI can generate iron pellets at $260-$280/ton, while scrap steel trades at ~$390/ton. U.S. Steel (X) also says it is studying options for building a DRI plant.