GFG to start H2-steelmaking whilst Salzgitter expands its eco-product range

GFG Alliance’s LIBERTY Steel Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Paul Wurth and Stahl-Holding-Saar to assess the building and operating of an industrial-sized, hydrogen based steel making plant at Dunkerque in France.

If developed, the plant would be one of the first operations of its type in France. The pan-European partnership will work together on a project to incorporate a 2 million tonne Direct Reduced Iron plant, with an integrated 1 GW capacity hydrogen electrolysis production unit, next to GFG’s ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque site.

The DRI plant will initially use a mix of hydrogen and natural gas as the reluctant to produce DRI and hot briquetted iron, before transitioning to using 100% hydrogen once the electrolysis production unit is complete. 
Salzgitter AG expands its product range to include low CO2 steel grades as the first European steel manufacturer, Salzgitter AG received two declarations of conformity based on the VERIsteel process from TUV SUD.

The procedure enables the verification of the product specific CO2 emissions in steel production and accompanies the process of decarbonisation. The low CO2 steel grades are produced in the Peine electric steelworks in combination with the rolling mills and galvanizing plants in Salzgitter.

They meet with great interest from customers from various industries. Based on the data from 2018, TUV SUD has verified the accounting procedure for two process routes for the production of flat steel. A comparison of the two baselines shows that switching the steelmaking process from the conventional blast furnace route to the electric steel route results in a reduction of more than 75% in the CO2 balance of the slab and more than 66% in the CO2 balance of the hot-dip galvanized slab Coils is reached.

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