Hydrogen steel plant planned for France

Plans are being developed for a major hydrogen-based steel making plant to be located France.

Liberty Steel Group, Paul Wurth and Stahl-Holding-Saar (SHS) today (22nd Feb) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assess the building and operation of the facility that could be one of the first operations of its type in the country.

Sharing details of the development, the companies said they will collaborate to incorporate a two million tonnes direct reduce iron (DRI) plant, with an integrated 1GW capacity hydrogen electrolysis production unit.

The DRI plant will initially use a mix of hydrogen and natural gas as the reductant to produce DRI and hot-briquetted iron (HBI), before transitioning to using 100% hydrogen once the electrolysis production unit is complete.

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