CVG Briquetera del Caroní DRI plant

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CVG Briquetera del Caroní DRI plant (CVG Briquetera del Caroní), also known as Briqcar or Venprecar, is an iron making plant operating in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela.[1] CVG Briquetera del Caroní operates a direct reduced iron (DRI) plant.[2]


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The CVG Briquetera de Caroní DRI plant traces its origins back to 1990, when it began operations under the name Venprecar (Venezolana de Prerreducidos del Caroní, C.A.), a private company owned by IBH (International Briquettes Holding), a division of Briquetas de Sivensa.[1] The plant's original iron making capacity of 600,000 tpa (tonnes per annum) was raised to 715,000 tpa in 1994, with a second expansion in 1998 increasing capacity to the current 815,000 tpa.[1] During the period of private ownership, roughly 80% of Briqcar's production was exported to the United States, Europe and other international markets.

In 2009, Venprecar was nationalized, together with several other Venezuelan iron and steel companies.[1] Iron production, which had peaked near 90% of installed capacity in the early 2000s, began falling under state ownership, and by 2014 it had plummeted to only 10% of plant capacity.[1] Production has recovered somewhat in recent years, reaching 257,000 tonnes in the first 10 months of 2020.[3] In early 2021 the Venezuelan government announced it was building a new railway line to facilitate the supply of iron ore and pellets to the plant, with the goal of raising production above 350,000 tpa.[3][4]

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Articles and resources


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 "Empresas Heridas de Muerte: Corrompiendo el Metal" (PDF). Transparencia Venezuela. 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "2020 World Direct Reduction Statistics" (PDF). Midrex. September 14, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bastardo, Alvis Herrera (2021-03-04). "BRIQCAR: Vía férrea contribuirá a elevar producción de briquetas". Nueva Prensa Digital.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Empresa Venprecar-Briqcar estima elevar su producción de briqueta para este 2021". VTV. March 6, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Briquetera del Caroní". Facebook. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Decreto Nº 3.549, mediante el cual se adscribe la empresa Briquetera del Orinoco C.A. (ORINOCO IRON) a la Corporación Venezolana de Guayana (CVG)". Pandectas Digital. August 16, 2018.
  7. "2022 AIST DRI & HBI Roundup". AIST. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  8. "Midrex® Plants" (PDF). Midrex. May 2021.

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