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Danieli and Tenova are awarded the study for a 100% hydrogen DRI plant in Sweden

Danieli and Tenova have been awarded a contract by LKAB to conduct the basic engineering study for a new 100% hydrogen-based DRI plant at the Gällivare steelworks in northern Sweden .

The agreement is part of the IPCEI (Hy2Use) Hybrit initiative which aims to create a carbon-free value chain for iron and steel production in Europe.

With a capacity of 1.35 Mtpy of directly reduced iron ( DRI ), the plant will leverage HYBRIT technology combined with Energiron technological know-how (jointly developed by Danieli and Tenova).

“Results from the HYBRIT pilot plant revealed that direct reduced iron obtained using pure hydrogen as a reducing agent provides superior properties and quality , compared to DRI produced using fossil-based reducing gas, such as natural gas,” the release reports.

Read also : “Green steel”: Swedish Hybrit sends Volvo the first batch of steel produced without using coal .

An important novelty of the future installation will be the electric process heater (the first in the world in a DRI industrial plant) which will heat the process gas using green electricity, further reducing carbon emissions and increasing the energy efficiency of the entire process .

The supply and installation of the equipment is now awaiting prerequisites such as environmental permits and the final investment decision (FID).

In 2020 HYBRIT Development AB, the joint venture between LKAB, SSAB and Vattenfall , had commissioned Danieli to supply equipment for a hydrogen pilot plant at the Luleå steelworks, Sweden.  invites you to the third edition of the  HYDROGEN EXPO , in Piacenza from 11 to 13 September 2024 .

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