ArcelorMittal ‘Steelanol’ plant to reach full operational capacity this year


ArcelorMittal and Lanza Tech Global are one step closer to full operation of the €200m ‘Steelanol’ plant, a first of its kind steel plant in Europe which will feature carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technology.

The Belgium-based commercial-scale facility will capture carbon-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process and biologically convert them to advanced ethanol with LanzaTech’s bio-based process.

Last month (May 2023), the first gases from the steel mill’s blast furnace were safely introduced to LanzaTech’s biocatalyst. Initial samples that contained ethanol were produced this week, demonstrating that the carbon in the gases is being converted into new chemical products.

With these results deemed a success, commercial-scale ethanol production from the bioreactors will follow, with expected ramp up of production in the coming months.

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