Sinosteel Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd., located in Beijing, China, has recently contracted Tenova, a developer and provider of sustainable solutions for the green transition of the metals industry, for the design and supply of a hydrogen-based 1,000,000 tonnes/year ENERGIRON® direct reduction (DR) plant.
The plant will be installed at Baosteel Zhanjiang Iron & Steel Co., Ltd, located in the Zhanjiang Economic and Technological Zone, Guangdong Province, China. The plant capacity of 1,000,000 ton/year will make it the largest hydrogen-based DRI facility in China.
As the effort to lower carbon emissions worldwide continues, the replacement of traditional blast furnace steelmaking technologies – often characterized by the intensive use of coal – is currently the new trend for the sustainable steel industry, and the use of gas-based ironmaking technologies is a valuable alternative. The ENERGIRON® technology, jointly developed by Tenova and Danieli, is the most flexible DR technology for virgin metallic unit production in terms of makeup gases utilization and is already designed to maximize the reduction of CO2 emissions.
The new ENERGIRON® plant will use mainly hydrogen as a reducing gas with the possibility to mix it with Natural Gas (NG) and Coke Oven Gas (COG). The plant has the flexibility to use different reducing gases in any combination or proportion, using the same ENERGIRON® ZR scheme.