Plans for a hydrogen-powered steel plant


SSAB, the highly-specialised global steel company based in Sweden, has proposed plans to transition the business to fossil-free steel production using hydrogen (H2).

The plan involves a drastic cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with the facility being totally fossil-free by 2045.

A study is currently under way to convert the blast furnace in Oxelösund into an electric arc furnace. This is the first step in adapting the process for the production of fossil-free steel. Conversion will take place in around 2025 and would mean that SSAB can cut its CO2 emissions in Sweden by around 25%.

SSAB today announced that they are also planning to convert the blast furnaces in Raahe and Luleå between 2030-2040 in order to eliminate most of the remaining CO2 emissions and reach the target to be fossil-free by 2045.

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