Dunkirk’s steel industry to be decarbonised with hydrogen
Air Liquide and ArcelorMittal have joined forces to produce low-carbon steel in Dunkirk, France with the introduction of low-carbon hydrogen and carbon capture technologies.
The companies yesterday (17th March) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project that will see the creation of new technologies for the major industrial basin.
Under the MoU, ArcelorMittal has said it will implement an innovative production unit that combines direct reduced iron and submerged arc furnace technologies, in dimensions never seen before.
Supporting the project, Air Liquide will supply low-carbon hydrogen and carbon capture technologies and share its unique expertise in the areas.
It is believed the project will reduce ArcelorMittal’s carbon emissions in Dunkirk by approximately 2.85 million tonnes by 2030.
“Decarbonising the Industry is at the heart of Air Liquide’s strategy and we are committed to accompanying our customers with a wide range of innovative solutions,” said François Jackow, Executive Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee supervising Europe Industries activities.
“The group will contribute its unique expertise along the entire hydrogen supply chain developed over the last 50 years and its mastery of CO2 capture technologies. The time to act is now, and Air Liquide is pleased to support ArcelorMittal in this project aiming to decarbonise a major industrial basin.”
Geert van Poelvoorde, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe, added, “This project represents a major technological breakthrough and confirms ArcelorMittal’s willingness to profoundly and sustainably transform our production technologies, in line with our objectives to reduce our CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.”
“We count on the strong support of the French and European authorities in order to decarbonise the steel industry and are hopeful that this project will receive the support it needs to deliver large-scale CO2 emissions savings.”
“The partnership with Air Liquide will enable us to further accelerate the decarbonisation of our steel production and contribute to the creation of a low carbon industrial and port basin.
Air Liquide and ArcelorMittal’s partnership is a first step towards the creation of an ecosystem at the forefront of low-carbon hydrogen and CO2 capture solutions that will be a source of competitiveness and attractiveness for various players in the Dunkirk industrial and port basin.