CVG Briquetera de Venezuela DRI plant

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CVG Briquetera de Venezuela DRI plant (Briquetera de Venezuela), also known as Briqven and Matesi (predecessor), is a 1500 thousand tonnes per annum (TTPA) direct reduced iron (DRI) iron plant operating in Ciudad Guayana, Bolívar, Venezuela.


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  • Location: UD-513 Avenida Leopoldo Sucre Figarella, Ciudad Guayana 8050, Bolívar, Venezuela[1]
  • Coordinates (WGS 84): 8.300159, -62.780136 (exact)


The CVG Briquetera de Venezuela DRI plant traces its origins back to 2000, when it was founded under the name POSVEN by an international consortium led by the Korean company Posco, with minority stakes held by the Corporación Venezolana de Guayana, Daewoo y Hyundai.[2] In 2004 a new consortium led by Techint assumed ownership of the plant, changing its name to Matesi (Materiales Siderúrgicas) and increasing annual iron production to the plant's full capacity of 1.5 million tpa (tonnes per annum).[2]

In 2009, Matesi was nationalized, together with several other Venezuelan steel producers.[2] In December 2010, after nearly two years of inactivity, the plant resumed production under the new name Briqven (Briqueteras de Venezuela).[2] However, DRI output over the ensuing decade has hovered between 0 and 200,000 tonnes per annum[2], with production often severely curtailed or completely halted due to various mishaps, including fires, blackouts, and pellet shortages.[3][4][5][6][7]

Plant Details

Table 1: General Plant Details

Plant status Start date Workforce size
operating[8][9] 2000[8] 130[8]

Table 2: Ownership and Parent Company Information

State-owned entity status State-owned entity department Parent company Parent company PermID Owner Owner company PermID
full[8] Venezuela[8] Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana [100%][8] 5001120464 [100%] Matesi[8] 4295940612

Table 3: Process and Products

Steel product category Steel products Main production equipment Detailed production equipment
crude HBI[8] direct reduced iron (DRI)[10][8] 2 DRI plants (DRI #1: HYL III Energiron HBI, 750 TTPA, 2000; DRI #2 (idled): HYL III Energiron HBI, 750 TTPA, 2000)[11][12][13]

Table 4: Crude Iron Production Capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):

Sponge iron/DRI capacity Nominal iron capacity (total)
1500 TTPA[10][8][13] 1500 TTPA

Table 5: Actual Crude Iron Production by Year (thousand tonnes per annum):

Year BF Production DRI Production Total (all routes)
2020 1 TTPA[14][15][16][8][17][18] 1 TTPA[14][15][16][8][17][18]
2021 1 TTPA[10][9][19] 1 TTPA[10][9][19]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Empresas Heridas de Muerte: Corrompiendo el Metal" (PDF). Transparencia Venezuela. 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Fire halts Venezuela's HBI output, exports: union". Argus Media. April 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Datos | Debacle productiva y financiera en empresas de Guayana hace de su recuperación una misión imposible". Banca y Negocios. January 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Un incendio en Planta de Pellas de Sidor paraliza la única área operativa en la siderúrgica". Correo del Caroní. April 4, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Denuncian incumplimiento de beneficios laborales en la paralizada Briqven". Correo del Caroní. May 14, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Venezuela's HBI producers Comsigua, Briqven halt operations on pellet issue". Metal Bulletin. December 5, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-03-19. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  12. (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-11-29. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. 13.0 13.1 "2022 AIST DRI and HBI Roundup". Association for Iron & Steel Technology. January 2022. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Archived from the original on 2021-04-23. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  16. 16.0 16.1 Archived from the original on 2021-10-24. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Archived from the original on 2021-09-28. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  19. 19.0 19.1 Archived from the original on 2022-01-20. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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