With this investment ArcelorMittal will build a 2.5 million tonne reduction of iron (DRI) unit that will transform iron ore using hydrogen instead of coal.
This DRI will be coupled with an innovative technology electric furnace and additionally be completed by an extra electric arc furnace (EAF).
In utilising hydrogen instead of coal, the carbon emissions from the process of creating steel could be significantly reduced and also support the growing demand for both hydrogen and green steel.
This will support French hydrogen production as a greater need for hydrogen will now be required for ArcelorMittal to continue its hydrogen expansion in Dunkirk.
Yves Koeberlé, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products, said, “As a leader in steelmaking, ArcelorMittal is committed to decarbonising its plants in Europe to serve our industrial customers – automotive, packaging, construction, transport but also solar and wind energy and future networks for hydrogen and CO2 capture.
“We are grateful for this support from the French State which will enable the major transformation of our sites in Fos-sur-Mer and Dunkirk which together account for over one-third of ArcelorMittal’s flat steel production in Europe.”
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