Hydrogen steel production planned for Pilbara, Australia

Pilbara’s steelmaking sector is set for a clean-up, as a result of a newly inked deal between Rio Tinto and BlueScope that looks replace coking coal with clean hydrogen in the Australian region.

BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks will be in focus here, with the duo looking to research and design low-emissions processes for the steel value chain, such as the utilisation of hydrogen to power operations.

To do this, the first phase of the project will determine the scale of a hydrogen pilot plant that will be based at the site. This development will consist of a hydrogen electrolyser, direct reduction process and melter.

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