Liberty Steel signs MoU for hydrogen-based steel making in France


In a transfer to deliver down carbon emissions, LIBERTY Steel Group, a part of metallic business baron Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Paul Wurth and SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar (SHS) to evaluate the constructing and working of an industrial-sized, hydrogen-based steel making plant at Dunkerque in France.

“Our industry needs to reinvent steel production fast, as the need to cut our emissions get ever more pressing against a backdrop of rising global demand for our products and legislative pressure to become carbon neutral,” Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance and LIBERTY Steel.

Hydrogen steel making has the potential to resolve this situation and we’re decided to collaborate with like-minded companions to it make it occur, Gupta added

As per the corporate, the plant can be one of many first operations of its kind in France.

“The pan-European partnership will work together on a project to incorporate a 2 million tonne Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) plant, with an integrated 1 GW capacity hydrogen electrolysis production unit, next to GFG’s ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque site,” the corporate stated in an announcement on Monday.

The DRI plant will initially use a mixture of hydrogen and pure fuel because the reductant to supply DRI and hot-briquetted iron (HBI), earlier than transitioning to utilizing 100% hydrogen as soon as the electrolysis manufacturing unit is full.

The DRI/HBI produced will primarily be used in the electrical arc furnace of LIBERTY Ascoval in France however any surplus might be used at LIBERTY’s Ostrava and Galati built-in steelworks in addition to the SHS-group’s Dillinger and Saarstahl vegetation in Germany.

“LIBERTY has been working with Paul Wurth and SHS on the technical and economic viability of the project since early last year,” the media assertion stated.

Now that preliminary feasibility work has proved profitable the companions have signed a MoU which covers two phases. Phase 1 will enhance the accuracy of the venture’s industrial and technical feasibility which anticipated to take round 12 weeks and Phase 2 will ship the extent of element required (technically and financially) for the efficient implementation of the venture.

“Between them the partners are strategically focused on developing technology which will allow the steel industry to achieve its ambitious green targets, with LIBERTY undertaking carbon-neutral programmes worldwide as part of its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030,” the corporate’s assertion stated.

Paul Wurth is a Luxembourg-based firm, and member of the SMS group, and the SHS-group is devoted to the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and is dedicated to producing iron and steel with a lowered CO2 footprint. The companions will think about using different hydrogen producers as a part of the venture.

“Together with these technologically advanced partners we are looking forward to exploring the potential for truly carbon neutral steel making, using green hydrogen to help us make GREENSTEEL products.” Gupta stated.

“Despite the high hurdle of immense investment and operating costs, Dillinger and Saarstahl are determined to consistently pursue the path to climate neutrality,” stated Martin Baues, Member of the Board of Directors for Technology at SHS – Stahl-Holding Saar, Dillinger and Saarstahl.

This partnership represents an necessary constructing block on the best way to carbon impartial steel manufacturing and can assist us to additional scale back our carbon emissions on the idea of this expertise and on the identical time acquire necessary expertise in the usage of hydrogen in steel manufacturing, Baues added.

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