VNG and Salzgitter Group explore supplying hydrogen to Salzgitter steelworks

VNG and Salzgitter Group are joining forces to investigate the options for supplying hydrogen and the resulting carbon footprint for producing steel in Salzgitter Flachstahl’s steelworks in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony.

Gunnar Groebler, Salzgitter’s CEO, and Hans-Joachim Polk, VNG’s Executive Board member for Infrastructure & Technical Affairs, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Salzgitter, to complete a study on supplying hydrogen to the Salzgitter production site.

The analysis will include electrolyser options and a supply of non-pipeline hydrogen derivatives such as ammoniac or methanol (e.g., via rail) that can be used as sources of energy for partial supply during a transition phase. The focus is also on the long-term connection already planned to a supraregional hydrogen grid for transporting hydrogen on a large scale from various production regions and projects to the location.

In the joint feasibility study, Salzgitter and VNG are continuing their collaboration and defining the specifics on the topic of hydrogen. In summer 2020, both companies announced a cooperation in the field of green gas. At this point, a MOU was signed under which two feasibility studies on the climate-compatible supply of hydrogen and on transporting hydrogen have already been conducted.

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