Tata Steel is investing €65 million in a design for a new hydrogen steel plant, which should be operational before 2030, reports the FD.
The major steel manufacturer in the Netherlands is going to collaborate with three international companies. The Italian company Danieli will be responsible for the design of the hydrogen steel plant itself. The Canadian company Hatch is looking into the design of the necessary electric furnaces and the American company McDermott will support Tata’s project team. The construction of the new plant (which will occupy sixty football pitches in area and be 136 m high) will be accompanied by the demolition of one of the two existing blast furnaces. The actual construction will cost billions of euros, according to Tata’s sustainability manager Annemarie Manger. But even with the construction of the plant, green steel production is not yet a reality. That depends on how much green hydrogen is available. If Tata cannot yet use green hydrogen for steel production, it will still have to use natural gas.