United States Steel Corp., Equinor US Holdings Inc. and Shell US Gas & Power LLC entered into a non-exclusive cooperation agreement to advance a collaborative clean energy hub in the Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania region. The hub would focus on decarbonization opportunities that feature carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), as well as hydrogen production and utilization. The development of this hub and its associated infrastructure would generate new jobs, stimulate economic growth and help achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions.
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) selected the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Prairie Research Institute (PRI) for an award of $3,459,554 for research and development to support a front-end engineering design study on carbon dioxide (CO2) removal technologies. The study will focus on the advancement of a direct air capture and utilization system (DACUS), which can remove 5,000 metric tons per year of CO2 from ambient air and then permanently mineralize it in concrete products. If built, the designed system would be larger than any existing direct air capture system (DAC). The study will launch at U.S. Steel’s Gary Works in Gary, Ind., using DAC technology developed by CarbonCapture Inc. The technology will use the plant’s waste heat, energy and location, so energy and transportation costs can be minimized.
Metinvest and SMS group and its subsidiary, Paul Wurth, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to reduce carbon emissions from steelmaking and ironmaking. SMS group will support Metinvest in improving its operational efficiency and environmental performance. The MOU also sets out an agenda for discussions about future areas of cooperation with the greatest potential. The agreement is expected to provide the companies with the opportunity to develop and test new technologies to enhance steelmaking and ironmaking, as well as downstream processes.
Ternium signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazilian mining company Vale to develop steelmaking solutions focused on reducing CO2 emissions. The partnership is an important step in Ternium’s decarbonization strategy. The steelmaker is committed to reduce its CO2 emission intensity by 20% by 2030. Ternium and Vale intend to develop economic feasibility studies of potential investments in an iron-ore briquetting plant at Ternium’s Brazil facility and plants to produce metallic products with a low-carbon footprint using Tecnored and HYL.
ArcelorMittal will invest approximately $1.2 billion in decarbonization technologies at its Asturias plant in Gijón, Spain. The project will reduce CO2 emissions at the company’s Spanish operations by up to 4.8 million metric tons, which represents approximately 50% of emissions, within the next five years. At the heart of the plan is a 2.3 million-metric-ton green-hydrogen direct reduced iron (DRI) unit, complemented by a 1.1 million-metric-ton hybrid electric-arc furnace (EAF). This starts the transition of the Gijón plant away from the blast-furnace and basic-oxygen-furnace steelmaking production route to the DRI-EAF production route, which carries a significantly lower carbon footprint. The new DRI, which ArcelorMittal says will be the first of its kind in Spain, and EAF will be in production before the end of 2025.
Air Liquide and ArcelorMittal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the objective of implementing solutions to produce low-carbon steel at ArcelorMittal’s steelmaking facilities in Dunkirk, France. The companies are joining forces to transform the steel production process through the development of solutions involving low-carbon hydrogen and CO2-capture technologies. The project, which aims to contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the Dunkirk industrial basin, will reduce yearly CO2 emissions from ArcelorMittal’s steelmaking facilities in Dunkirk by 2.85 million tons by 2030.