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Iron-making pilot aims to supplant coke

Tenova HYL has been contracted by Hybrit Development AB to supply key technological equipment for a “fossil-free iron-making pilot plant with virtually no carbon footprint” in Luleå, Sweden.   

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Iron-making pilot aims to supplant coke

Techint Group-owned Tenova, which specialises in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries, will supply process equipment for direct reduction iron-making at the Luleå facility.


In 2016, the Hybrit initiative for fossil-free steel-making was established with the aim of replacing coking coal (coke) – traditionally needed for ore-based steel-making – with hydrogen.


The HYBRIT Initiative set a specific target toward the construction and operation of a pilot plant, with the aim of testing hydrogen as reducing agent in the production of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI).


“I am particularly excited and proud of being part of this project”, stated Stefano Maggiolino, CEO of Tenova HYL. “Tenova puts innovation, safety and sustainability at the core of its technological innovations and products, and Tenova HYL represents the state-of-the-art in DR plants design, reliable operation, environmental friendliness and economy.”


Mårten Görnerup, CEO of Hybrit Development AB, commented: “Tenova HYL, which has a long tradition of supplying industrial plants for DRI production, will supply selected process key equipment for direct reduction iron-making. By using state-of-the-art production technology as a starting point, we will more quickly reach our goal of a fossil-free future.”


The pilot-plant is designed for the purpose to develop production of DRI using hydrogen, which the firm said is a crucial process step in the future fossil-free steel-making production route. The pilot plant is expected to begin operations in 2020.


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