Cleveland-Cliffs Inc

A domestic supplier of high-quality, customized HBI

Cleveland-Cliffs is finalizing its first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant.  We are excited about being the sole producer of high-quality HBI for the steel market in the Great Lakes region. 

Site Construction Progress as of October 30, 2020

Premier location 

Our HBI plant is near the Port of Toledo, approximately 120 miles from our corporate headquarters in Cleveland and within excellent proximity to customers in the Great Lakes region. Our plant’s site has logistical advantages such as an existing dock, rail access, and availability of critical utilities such as natural gas, electrical power, and water.   The location allows our plant to receive our iron ore pellets produced in Michigan and Minnesota, similar to how we currently supply our existing blast furnace customers. 

Project development

Midrex Technologies was selected to design, engineer and procure the core equipment of the new plant, which will have the nominal capacity to produce 1.9 million metric tons of HBI per year. 

Environmental Stewardship

The decision to invest in the HBI project in Toledo, Ohio is transformational for the region, Cleveland-Cliffs, the North American steel industry and is consistent with our core value of environmental stewardship. We redeveloped a brownfield site, which exemplifies sustainable development.

Producing steel using HBI requires significantly less energy, and generates lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional processes. The environmental footprint and overall lifecycle of this HBI plant and the products it produces will further improve the energy efficiency and lower the carbon footprint of the domestic steel industry. Natural gas and DR-grade pellets are the only raw materials used in the HBI process.  No hazardous or toxic by-products will be generated from the process.  Water recycling initiatives will conserve water use and minimize discharges.

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