CVG Briquetera del Caroní DRI plant

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CVG Briquetera del Caroní DRI plant (CVG Briquetera del Caroní (Spanish)), also known as Briqcar and Venprecar, is a 820 thousand tonnes per annum (TTPA) direct reduced iron (DRI) iron plant operating in Ciudad Guayana, Bolívar, Venezuela.


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  • Location: Zona Industrial Matanzas, 8050 Ciudad Guayana, Bolivar, Venezuela[1]
  • Coordinates (WGS 84): 8.290142, -62.805419 (exact)


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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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]

Plant Details

Table 1: General Plant Details

Plant status Start date Workforce size
operating[5] 1991[6] 456[6]

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[7] Venezuela[7] Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana [100%][8][9][6] 5001120464 [100%] Venezolana de Prerreducidos Caroni CA[9][10] 4296803468

Table 3: Process and Products

Steel product category Steel products Main production equipment Detailed production equipment
crude HBI[6] direct reduced iron (DRI)[11][6] 1 DRI plant (Midrex HBI, 1990)[12][13][6][14]

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

Sponge iron/DRI capacity Nominal iron capacity (total)
820 TTPA[11][12][6] 820 TTPA

Articles and Resources


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Empresas Heridas de Muerte: Corrompiendo el Metal" (PDF). Transparencia Venezuela. 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bastardo, Alvis Herrera (2021-03-04). "BRIQCAR: Vía férrea contribuirá a elevar producción de briquetas". Nueva Prensa Digital.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Empresa Venprecar-Briqcar estima elevar su producción de briqueta para este 2021". VTV. March 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-03-19. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  11. 11.0 11.1 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-10-08. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. 12.0 12.1 "2022 AIST DRI and HBI Roundup". Association for Iron & Steel Technology. January 2022. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  13. (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-03-18. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-11-29. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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