OREANDA-NEWS. Karelsky Okatysh, the leading mill for the production and recycling of iron ore in Russia (part of PAO Severstal), has launched a new product - direct reduction pellets (DR-pellets) - which will enable the company to enter new markets.

Due to increasing demand from consumers for specific properties, iron-rich direct reduction pellets have provided a valuable alternative to the regular pellets used for blast furnaces. The DR-pellets contain fewer impurities and have improved physical properties such as enhanced abrasion resistance (for dust) and high performance cold durability.

Inspired by European steel producers, Karelsky Okatysh specialists have developed their own technology for manufacturing direct reduction pellets. In early 2016, the new product underwent  customer testing, and in June the mill shipped its first 65 thousand tonne batch of DR-pellets. If the customer feedback is positive and this will lead to a long-term supply relationship.