Salzgitter AG has taken a major step in producing low-carbon steel with the commencement of construction of its steelmaking project, μDRAL, in Germany.
μDRAL is a demonstration plant that will produce direct reduced iron (DRI) with the plant being the first iron ore reduction facility designed to operate flexibly with natural gas and hydrogen.
€13.6m ($16m) has been invested in the plant with the German Federal Environment Ministry supporting the project with a 40% funding share.
Production is expected to commence in the first half of 2022 in which the direct reduced iron will be used in the blast furnace to reduce the amount of pulverised injection coal, as well as being used in the electric arc furnace at the Peine plant.
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